4/10 Massachusetts, United States

The draw for visitors to the Massachusetts waters off the east coast of America is the sheer variety of whale species seen here, including humpback, minke, northern right, pilot, sperm, sei and fin whales, as well as Atlantic white sided dolphins and harbour porpoises. The area is known for extensive marine research, and it was here that the responsible whale-watching programme Whale SENSE was founded, providing guidance to commercial whale-watching companies in the US Atlantic and Alaska regions. Cape Ann Whale Watch in Gloucester, Massachusetts, runs three- to four-hour whale-watching tours out to Stellwagen Bank, a national marine reserve off the coast of Gloucester, from about £34 per adult and £23 for children under 16 (under-3s are free), which includes a marine conservation educational programme integrated into the trip.

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