Educational Trips

Granite State Whale Watch is again offering whale watch, Isles of Shoals, and lobster cruises for schools and colleges during weekdays in spring and autumn, at discounted rates.

Whale Watch:  4-5 hour trip.  Seen on our cruises are 70 ton Fin Whales, 40 ton Humpbacks, 50 ton Right Whales, 5 ton Minke Whales along with dolphins, porpoise, seals and an occasional tuna, sunfish, or shark.  Birds observed include shearwaters, petrels, gannets and cormorants.  As an affiliate of the scientific community, we conduct our whale and seabird expeditions in strict conformance with accepted research standards.  Each trip is led and narrated by experienced professional whale biologists, with observation data recorded and utilized in cetacean research.

The Isles of Shoals:  Premier attraction of the New England coastline. Its natural beauty, history and wildlife are made available to your group on our two hour expertly narrated tour that takes the observer to each of the nine islands which host Gosport Harbor, Shoals Marine Lab, USCG lighthouse, hotel and private homes. Rye Harbor is the nearest mainland port to the Isles of Shoals.

Lobster Trip:  Carries the observer from theory to practice, utilizing the inshore fishing grounds of the Atlantic as a backdrop for an on-location demonstration of the lobster fisherman’s work. Educational and informative, the one hour lobster cruise is enriching as well as entertaining for students of all ages.

Design Your Own Trip:  Our cruises provide you with an opportunity to build a curriculum around your trip. You are welcome to bring any sampling equipment you wish. We will, upon request, demonstrate navigation techniques to interested groups. Our experience includes many hours of ‘floating classroom’ activity involving marine biology, local history, environmental topics, art, and regional economics. The professional staff of Granite State Whale Watch, with its diverse educational background and expertise, stands ready to accommodate your requirements. We offer nearly 125 years of combined experience, over 45 of which represents classroom instruction.

Granite State Whale Watch Naturalists actively involved in marine mammal research year round, have accumulated extensive knowledge about the physiology and behavior of sea life found in the Gulf of Maine. We welcome the opportunity to conduct audiovisual presentations on whales and other marine life for your group. Suggested topics are: current status of whales, latest research efforts, population dynamics, food chains and man’s impact on the environment. We are also available to offer "dry land" demonstrations of lobstering to your group. Presentations are available from October through March.

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