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Old 07-01-2009, 04:54 PM
 
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Default Whale watching off the coast of NC..

Does anyone know if it is possible to go whale watching off the coast in NC? If so, where is the best place to go?
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Old 07-01-2009, 05:02 PM
 
Location: Ellicott City MD
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There are dolphin watching cruises off the Outer Banks, but I don't know of any whale watching.
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Old 07-01-2009, 05:10 PM
 
Location: Yellow Brick Road
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Whale sightings are very rare off the NC coast. I have heard of Right and Humpback whales being occasionally seen in Dec and Jan. However, Right whales don't come up often, so even if they are nearby, they are not always easily noticed (unless seen from the air).

Have never heard of anyone actually scheduling a whale watching trip in NC - I guess b/c it would be very rare to spot one. The season for mariner warnings about whales off the coast of NC and SC is from Nov to April, as that is when they migrate south.
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Old 07-02-2009, 05:27 AM
 
Location: Morehead City, NC
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A bit of Carteret County/Downeast History
The residents of Core Banks, Portsmouth Island and the east end of Shackleford Banks were whalers. In fact-about where Barden's Inlet is now (By Cape Lookout lighthouse) is where "Diamond City" used to be located. It was disbanned in the late 1890's due to a series of huricanes-Folks literally floated their houses across the sounds and settled places like Marshalberg, Morehead City (The Promised Land) and as far away as Salter Path)
When the residents weren't persuing whales-The went after purpoises.

The whales still follow the same migration pattern. It's basically a winter-early spring migration. The Feds issue warnings to boaters every year to be aware of their presence so as not to bump into them.

During my TV/Film days I produced a short on a Sea Grant program for Whale disentanglement.
The east side during the winter is not only a great place for whales-But other fish too. Sometimes these migrating whales encounter nets and get entagled. Not often, but it does occur.
There is a rapid response system in place to free them.
I sort of went off on a tangent-But the moral of the story is that whales are common here during the winter.
Bill
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Old 07-02-2009, 08:43 AM
 
Location: Portland Maine
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During my TV/Film days I produced a short on a Sea Grant program for Whale disentanglement.
The east side during the winter is not only a great place for whales-But other fish too. Sometimes these migrating whales encounter nets and get entagled. Not often, but it does occur.
There is a rapid response system in place to free them.
I sort of went off on a tangent-But the moral of the story is that whales are common here during the winter
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Could you tell me if there are any sort of conservation groups around the area? I did a google search but could really find anything
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Old 07-02-2009, 03:55 PM
 
Location: Morehead City, NC
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I am not aware of any conservaation groups-But certainly doesn't mean there aren't any.
Your best bet would be to contact the following groups:

NC Aquarium in Pine Knoll Shores

NC Maritime Museum in Beaufort

Duke Marine lab Pivers Island

NOAA Lab Pivers Island (http://www.ccfhr.noaa.gov/welcome.html - broken link)
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Old 07-02-2009, 04:38 PM
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That is a good post bill. tried but could not give you points, but you deserved them for that one.

lln
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Old 07-03-2009, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Wilmington
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Try the food court at the Mall, some interesting species there..............
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Old 07-03-2009, 05:44 PM
 
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Default a trade secret--look for "pelagic birding" if you strike out on whale watching trips

On both coasts,pelagic = deep water birding trips go out where the seabirds and the cetaceans are,so
google pelagic birding North Carolina and you'll find a list of trips.
a few from my quick search
NC pelagic bird trips

The Best Pelagic Birding in the World - North Carolina and the Gulf Stream

Seabirding Pelagic Trips with Brian Patteson

Outer Banks Seabirding - NC Pelagic Birding - OBX Pelagic Trips

enjoy your Right Whales and your black skimmers
Caroline
Tarheel exiled in the desert:great birds but no whales in the washes
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Old 01-03-2010, 06:00 PM
 
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drive about 2 hours north to virginia beach, they offer many whale watching trips in dec-early march. humpbacks and other whales feed at the mouth of the chesapeake and can be seen often
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