We feel that our crew is one of the things that separates us from other whale watch companies. We are all true whale watch specialists and love what we do. Ask around, you will not find a more qualified, experienced and enthusiastic crew!
Captain Pete Reynolds- Owner/Captain
Pete began boating at the age of six weeks, when his parents took him for his first sail. Growing up, he spent his summers exploring the eastern seaboard from the Bahamas to Nova Scotia. Pete began tagging along on whale watches when he was twelve, and started working as a deckhand a couple of years later. At the age of nineteen, Pete obtained his captain's license, and has been taking the Granite State in search of whales every summer since. In 2005, Pete and his wife Lindsay purchased the business from company founder and thirty year veteran Leo Axtin. In his spare time, Pete loves watching the Red Sox and running around with his two beagles. Pete has a B.A. in Communications from the University of New Hampshire.
Lindsay Reynolds- Owner/ Office Manager
Lindsay spends her summers managing the ticket office. You will find her there ready to answer your questions or help you with directions. While she doesn't get the chance to come out on the boat very often, she brings great luck when she does. When not at the harbor, Lindsay can be found at the barn, riding her 5 year-old Thoroughbred, Cody. Cody used to be a race horse, and is now loving his new life as an event horse! Lindsay has a B.S. in Animal Science from the University of New Hampshire.
Melanie White- Naturalist
This will be Melanie's seventh year with us on the Granite State. Melanie does a little bit of everything on the Granite State and is great at it all! She is a research associate with the Blue Ocean Society. In the winter months, Melanie works as part of a whale research team that conducts aerial surveys of the Right Whale population off the coast of South Carolina. She holds a B.S. in Biology from Ursinus College.
Captain Jonathan Gwalthney- Captain
With a decade of experience as a whale watch captain and naturalist, we are thrilled to have Jonathan on our team. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge about Jeffreys Ledge and the whales that frequent it. He is especially knowledgeable about the more remote areas of northern Jeffreys Ledge. In the winters, Jonathan also works as an aerial observer, conducting surveys of the endangered North Atlantic Right Whales populations in their southern breeding grounds. Jonathan obtained his 100 ton captain's license in 1997. He graduated from Roger Williams University in 1998 with a B.S. in Marine Biology.
Dianna Schulte - Naturalist
Dianna is a co-founder and the President of Blue Ocean Society. She also holds the titles of Research and Intern Coordinator. Dianna holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology with a minor in Marine Biology from the University of New Hampshire. During her undergraduate career, she enjoyed two summers taking courses at the Shoals Marine Laboratory on Appledore Island. She also holds a US Coast Guard captain’s license for 100-ton vessels. Dianna has 15 years of experience in the field of marine science and education including serving as naturalist and research scientist aboard commercial whale watch boats in NH and MA. She implemented Blue Ocean Society’s research and education internship program in 2000, and has given many presentations to schools and groups pertaining to the marine environment.
Beth Boucher- Naturalist
Beth has over a decade of experience leading whale watch expeditions, with close to a thousand trips to her credit. Beth enjoys sharing her love and enthusiasm for marine mammals, and it often proves contagious! In the off season, Beth continues to work with animals as a licensed Veterinary Technician. Beth is a research associate of the Blue Ocean Society and holds a B.S. from the University of Maine.
Katie Murphy- Naturalist
Katie is a fifteen year veteran of Granite State Whale Watch and has led over a thousand whale watches. As an experienced whale researcher, there aren't many questions that Katie can't answer. Katie is also a seasoned boat operator, and holds a 100 ton captains license. In the off season, she is a middle school educator. Katie is a research associate of the Blue Ocean Society. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1993 with a B.S. in Marine and Freshwater Biology, and obtained her Masters in Education there in 1997. Katie is usually accompanied onboard by her cheerful chocolate lab, Dory.