NECWA All Day Marine Adventure Cruises
Seabird & Whale Tales Excursion
New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance (NECWA) makes two all all day marine wildlife excursions, called Seabird & Whale Tales (SAWT). Each season, we offer both a spring excursion and a fall excursion providing a full day of wildlife viewing offshore. Proceeds from our SAWT trips supports NECWA's various marine education and research programs, including our Marine Wildlife Research Program (MMRP) and our New England Basking Shark Program (NEBShark).
Our Seabird & Whale Tales excursions receive assistance from Mass Audubon South Shore Sanctuaries, Natural History Services, Captain John Whale Watching and Fishing Tours, South Shore Bird Club and Bridgewater State University.
2014 Excursion Dates:
- Spring Excursion - Sunday, June 8th from 8 A.M. to 4 P.M.
- Fall Excursion - Sunday, September 7th from 8 A.M. to 4 P.M.
Easy Registration and payment through PayPal: Tickets can now be purchased through NECWA's Constant Contact Event Marketing website. This site provides more information and allows you to register online for the trip as well as purchase tickets through PayPal using your PayPal account. If you are paying by check, please register through this Constant Contact Event website, then send your payment to NECWA at 11 Clarence Soule Drive, Middleboro MA 02346.
You can also download our registration form for more information.
Our guest naturalists onboard can include wildlife experts:
- David Clapp of Natural History Services,
- Wayne Petersen of Massachusetts Audubon Society,
- Jim Sweeney from South Shore Bird Club,
- and Dr. John Jahoda from Bridgewater State University.
These guest naturalists provide wonderful commentary about the seabirds, whales, dolphins, seals, basking sharks and ocean sunfish that are found in the waters off Cape Cod.
Leave from Plymouth Harbor aboard the “Tails of the Sea”, a 110’ luxury commercial whale-watching vessel owned and operated by Captain John Whale Watching and Fishing Tours.
Meet at the Town Wharf in Plymouth to check in 1/2 hour before sailing time. Bring your own food and drink but please no alcohol or any items in glass containers. You can purchase a variety of hot and cold foods, including many homemade items, from the galley.
- Breakfast items include: a variety of muffins, donuts and bagels.
- Lunch items include: clam chowder, chili, chicken noodle soup, a variety of veggie and meat sandwiches and homemade desserts!
- Drinks include: tea, coffee, a variety of sodas, and seltzers.
- Please bring your travel mug to help reduce the paper and plastic waste produced during the trip.
Offshore Activities Include
- Chumming for seabirds.
- Plankton collection using a plankton net and examination using onboard microscopes.
- Free onboard raffle where you could win a nature gift including field guides, wildlife DVDs and CDs, bird feeders, wildlife books, NECWA clothing and more. If you wish to donate an item to the raffle event, bring it with you the day of sailing and we will add it to our collection.
Please email KrillCarson@mac.com if you or your organization would like to donate items that could be used for the galley (food, travel mugs, etc.) or the onboard raffle (any nature-related item).
Purchase 9 tickets for any Seabird & Whale Tales excursion and your organization will receive the 10th ticket for free. When registering for a trip, make sure to include your organization’s name on the form.
- Pre-sale ticket price $90
- Late registration ticket price goes up to $100
- Tickets can be purchased through PayPal and can be paid with your PayPal account. You can also register online and then pay with a check or money order (see registration form for details).
Remember the number of passengers is limited in order to ensure a comfortable ride offshore for everyone.
In the event that the trip is canceled due to lack of interest or inclement weather, you will be notified and refunded $80 per cruise ticket. The captain will make the determination for weather cancellation either the day before the trip or on the morning of the excursion.
NECWA is a registered 501(c) 3 non-profit organizations. You will receive a voucher for a portion of the ticket price that can be used as a tax-deductible donation on your taxes.