Deep Sea Dispatch: Gray Seals

Deep Sea Dispatch: Gray Seals

If harbor seals are the cute “cocker spaniels” of the sea, then gray seals are more like the bulldogs–tough, muscular, and, to some people, ugly. They have large, rounded heads and thick, stocky necks. On land, there’s nothing really graceful about these creatures....
Deep Sea Dispatch: Leatherback Turtles

Deep Sea Dispatch: Leatherback Turtles

There are multiple species of sea turtle here on Cape Cod, but out of all of them the leatherback is my absolute favorite! The leatherback sea turtle is not only the largest sea turtle on Cape Cod, it’s the largest sea turtle in the entire world. Clocking in at seven...
Deep Sea Dispatch: Basking Sharks

Deep Sea Dispatch: Basking Sharks

You know that fish (including sharks) breathe through their gills, but did you know that some sharks eat through their gills, too? Basking sharks have special parts of their gills called gill rakers that act as sieves to help them catch small fish and plankton. The...
Deep Sea Dispatch: Minke Whales

Deep Sea Dispatch: Minke Whales

I love whale-watching. There’s the boat, the gentle rocking of the waves, the sea breeze, and, of course, the whales! If you go whale-watching while you’re in Provincetown or Boston, you’ll likely see a humpback whale or a finback whale, but if you’re lucky and have a...
Deep Sea Dispatch: Cape Cod’s Cutest Creatures

Deep Sea Dispatch: Cape Cod’s Cutest Creatures

Are you planning on taking a trip out to Provincetown, but arrived WAY too early for your ferry? Don’t worry, it happens to the best of us and there’s plenty to do in Boston while you wait. My particular favorite is to walk just one mile to the New England Aquarium...
Deep Sea Dispatch: Don’t Call Me a Seagull

Deep Sea Dispatch: Don’t Call Me a Seagull

Did you know that there is no such bird as a “seagull”? There are lots of different species of gulls and lots of them hang out by the sea, but there are no “seagulls.” There are laughing gulls, blackback gulls, ring-billed gulls, and the very common herring gulls. So...
Deep Sea Dispatch: Have you Seen a Humpback Whale?

Deep Sea Dispatch: Have you Seen a Humpback Whale?

I don’t like to choose favorites (yes, I do), but if I were going to choose a favorite whale it would undoubtedly be the humpback whale. These whales honestly have everything going for them in my book of cool whale criteria. They travel in matriarchal societies, they...
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