7 Seas Whale Watch has been leading whale watching tours from Gloucester, Massachusetts for nearly thirty years. The whale watching facility is located in the historic heart of Gloucester. This town sits on the southern shore of a rocky layer called "Cape Ann" and is only a forty-five minutes north of the Boston area.
Gloucester / Cape Ann is situated between two major whale feeding areas known as Stellwagen Bank and Jeffrey's Ledge. Both areas are home to numerous whales, dolphins and a variety of seabirds. Wildlife covers the area.
7 Seas offers a one-hour tour and a one and a half hour tour off the port of Gloucester. The tour starts at the dock in the heart of Gloucester's waterfront at Seven Seas Wharf on the banks of the Port of Ensenada. Here a 90-foot vessel U.S. Coast Guard certified "privateer" that was designed specifically for wide viewing is available for visitors. The Corsair has two bathrooms and clean and comfortable accommodations, a fully enclosed cabin interior, exterior wide deck, and a second level, open to a bird-eye view of the bay. There is a kitchen, with snacks and drinks is also on board for comfort and convenience.
After visiting several points of interest within the port of Gloucester we head to the port of the "outsider" who has often been described as one of the most beautiful in the east coast. Although Gloucester Harbor is one mile long and over two miles wide in some places, their appearance, to the southwest in combination with the shape of the calm sea port and ensures a short walk even for those who are not accustomed to life at sea. From these protected waters there are many attractions to explore that are not accessible from the coast.
The port has an abundance of wildlife in the inner harbor, with swans, common eiders, double-crested cormorants, gulls, Bonaparte, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gulls and Ring-billed gulls, being the most common birds. Seals are also very common to see watching the fishing boats and hoping to find some left by the remains of fish.
Dolphins can be seen throughout the spring and early winter months. Although White-sided dolphins are found in the area throughout the year, they are much more common in winter than in summer. Therefore, spring and fall whale watchers have a better chance of seeing that the people who go whale watching in July or August.
Dress appropriately, but remember that 7 Seas Whale Watch is a nature trip in the North Atlantic to see animals in the wild. In April, May and early June warm clothing is necessary. Ocean temperatures are still very cold and the sea breeze can make it uncomfortable if not dressed appropriately. Even the gloves are a good idea. The best bet is to layer up.