Educational Trips

Granite State Whale Watch offers whale watch, Isles of Shoals, and lobster cruises for schools and colleges during select 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. Our experience includes many hours of ‘floating classroom’ activity involving marine biology, local history, and environmental topics. Granite State Whale Watch naturalists are actively involved in marine mammal research year round and have accumulated extensive knowledge about the physiology and behavior of sea life found in the Gulf of Maine.

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