1 West Street Bar Harbor, ME 04609
207-288-2386 / 1-888-WHALES-4

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Whale Sense

We were the first whale watching company in Maine to be certified under the whale sense program. We believe strongly in protecting the whales we love and the many we know as individuals and by name. It is very important to approach whales slowly, stay back 100 feet or more, and never cut them off – especially when they are feeding. Hearing and sound are critical to whales and we would never want them to become conditioned to loud boat or ship noise. Whales being hit and killed by large ships with propellers is of the most important conservation concerns effecting whales. We have highly trained and experienced captains who handle the boat in a responsible way around whales.  We follow and promote the NOAA Northeast Guidelines for Whale Watching.

What is Whale SENSE? Whale SENSE is a voluntary education and certification program offered to commercial whale watching companies in the U.S. Atlantic and Alaska Regions. The program is sponsored by NOAA Fisheries, Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, and Whale and Dolphin Conservation. Developed in collaboration with the whale watching industry, Whale SENSE recognizes whale watching companies committed to responsible practices. Participating companies agree to:

  • Stick to the regional whale watching guidelines.
  • Educate naturalists, captains, and passengers to have SENSE while watching whales.
  • Notify appropriate networks of whales in distress.
  • Set an example for other boaters.
  • Encourage ocean stewardship


It’s the SENSE-ible choice! Choosing a Whale SENSE program participant for your whale watching tour is a simple and effective personal choice that promotes and supports responsible whale watching and whale conservation. To learn more about Whale SENSE, or for more information on whales in the northeast region, visit their website at www.whalesense.org

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