Sunday, April 22, 2018

Marine Mammal Safaris Capped a Great April Vacation Week

On Saturday over 600 people from all across the region joined Save the Harbor/Save the Bay on Marine Mammal Safaris. These free inner harbor cruises have been hosted by Save the Harbor for over 15 years and this year's cruises were the best ones yet. Spring finally started to poke its head out and the sunny day made for excellent seal spotting conditions.

The first cruise prepares to depart

From veteran bird watchers to families taking their first boat ride ever, the boats were packed with guests eager to see what nature had in store for them in the harbor. While the first cruise of the day spotted a positive dearth of seals, plenty of shore birds -- including several varieties of cormorants -- were active in the sun, and a harbor porpoise cruised by as we motored through the inner harbor.

After sleeping in all morning, the seals were up and ready to splash for the second and third cruises of the day. One even swam alongside the boat for bit so all the guests could say hello!

A harbor seal sighting!

In addition to bringing visitors out for an up close visit with the harbor wildlife, Save the Harbor was also pleased to share the harbor with cruisers through stories of young sailors and mariners from diverse backgrounds during the Age of Sail, and the many opportunities available to young people on the harbor today. And of course no cruise would be complete without everyone joining in on a rousing rendition of our traditional sea chantey, "Haul Away Joe", about the Boston Harbor clean up that made it the cleanest Harbor in America.

"Way haul away, we'll haul away together!"

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay wishes to thank Mass Bay Lines, and our foundation funders for supporting another great round of Marine Mammal Safaris. These are just the first of Save the Harbor's free "Share the Harbor" cruises of 2018.

“The response to these free cruises was overwhelming,” said Bruce Berman, Save the Harbor’s Vice President for Strategy and Communications. “Therefore we are delighted to announce a new initiative of 10 free Harbor cruises this spring, summer, and fall.”

In addition to their traditional programming for youth, Save the Harbor will also host two free cruises each month in June, July, and August, including a trip to Boston Light the site of the oldest lighthouse in America. They will also offer two free Treasures of Spectacle Island trips in the fall. From pirates to politics and daring seafarers to delightful sea chanties, these cruises will tell the story of Boston Harbor in a whole new way.

Share the Harbor is funded in part by Mass Humanities, which receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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