Shark and Whale Expedition to be Offered Again on the Cape

A great white shark.

A great white shark.

PLYMOUTH – The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, a Cape-based organization supporting white shark research and education programs, and Whale and Dolphin Conservation, a leading global marine conservation organization, are teaming up again to put on the second Annual Expedition: White Sharks and Whales, a benefit for the two organizations.

The inaugural expedition trip took place this past September and tickets sold out well in advance.

A second trip is being added in 2015 to give more people the opportunity to participate.

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Expedition passengers will spend a full day on the water, traveling aboard the Plymouth Whale Watcher.

The dates offered will be September 12 and September 19.

These ocean safaris offer the public a chance to see great white sharks, humpback whales, finback whales, seals and sea-birds.

Three experts will be onboard to give detailed information about each species encountered.

Regina Asmutis-Silvia serves as the Senior Biologist & Executive Director for Whale and Dolphin Conservation’s North American office.

John Chisholm has been working at the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries for 23 years and has been a key player in recent research and tagging of white sharks in Cape Cod.

And covering the pelagic birds, renowned field naturalist and birder, Peter Trull will be on the trip.

“This has been an amazing season for whale sightings off our coast” said Asmutis-Silvia. “Recent research confirms that whales are an important part of our ecosystem, helping to do everything from combating climate change to supporting healthy fish populations, so healthy whale populations are great news for all of us.”

“2014 marked year one of a five year white shark population study which is the first-of-its-kind in the Western North Atlantic,” explained Cynthia Wigren, co-founder of the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy. “Over sixty white sharks were ID’d and cataloged and eighteen tagged. We are excited for people to join us on the water to learn more about groundbreaking research taking place off the coast of Cape Cod with the opportunity to see one of the most magnificent apex predators in our ocean.”

Tickets are on sale now.