Krill Carson, NECWA President 
New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance (NECWA)

NECWA, 11 Clarence Soule Drive, Middleboro, MA


Sunday, October 22, 2017

We sail from 8:00 AM to 4:00 pm 

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7 Seas Whale Watch, 7 Seas Wharf
63 Rogers Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

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October 2017- Ocean Exploration Cruise (OEC) 

 Join NECWA for our annual spring offshore excursion!

Sunday, October 22, 2017

8:00 am to 4:00 pm

(rain date: Sunday, October 29, 2017)

Join the New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance (NECWA) for our all day marine excursion to view seabirds, whales, dolphins, seals, basking sharks, and other marine animals found in Massachusetts Bay, including the waters of the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. 

Note: This fall, we were able to incorporate a rain date in case of inclement weather on the 22nd. The rain date is Sunday, October 29th from 8 am to 4 pm.


$90 for adults

$65 for students (college or high school)

Group Registration and Discounts: For information on group registration, contact us at

Eligibility for Student Fare: To be eligible for the reduced student fare, send a photo of your college or high school ID to

Guest Naturalists!

Enjoy our guided wildlife commentary by amazing guest naturalists. Our guest naturalists for this trip include: 

Wayne Petersen (Mass Audubon Society)

David Clapp (Natural History Services)

Jim Sweeney (South Shore Bird Club)

Jay Frontierro (7 Seas Whale Watch)

Thomas Robben (Hartford Audubon Society)

Adrian Jordaan (Dept. of Environmental Conservation, UMASS Amherst)

NECWA naturalists and staff will include Krill Carson, Leah Horeanopoulos, Michael O'Neill and Courtney Callahan. The 7 Seas Whale Watch naturalist and captain will be Capt. Jay Frontierro.

Travel aboard the Privateer, a 100’ commercial whale-watching vessel owned and operated by Seas Whale Watch. Seating is limited on our Ocean Exploration Cruises to ensure spacious seating arrangements and rail space. 

Leave from the 7 Seas Wharf in Gloucester at 8:00 am sharp and return by 4 pm. 

In Support of Marine Research: To support marine research offshore, we will collect data on all marine wildlife viewed from the vessel. We will also conduct a plankton tow and plankton demonstration, as well as chum for seabirds.

Fundraising Event for NECWA

NECWA's Ocean Exploration Cruises are annual fundraising events that support marine wildlife education, research, and conservation in the New England area.

NECWA is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization. Registration fees and donations from each Ocean Exploration Cruise are used to support our many projects and activities through the purchase of equipment and supplies.

Learn more about NECWA by visiting: 

Our website at

Our community-sighting network for basking sharks and ocean sunfish at

When close to sailing date: check our blog for trip updates at

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Cancellation - If the trip is canceled due to lack of interest or inclement weather offshore, you will be notified by NECWA and reimbursed your entire registration fee, minus a $20 administration fee to NECWA. If you cancel your registration at least 2 weeks prior to our sailing date, NECWA will reimburse 70% of your ticket. After that date, no refunds are available.

This season, we were able to schedule a rain date into our program. The rain date is Sunday, October 29th from 8 am to 4 pm. The determination for weather cancellation on October 22nd will be made by the captain of the vessel on either Saturday or early Sunday morning (the day of the cruise). 

Waiver - All passengers will be asked to fill out a trip liability waiver. Once you register for this event, you will be contacted by NECWA with that waiver and asked to mail it back to us prior to the trip. 

Trip Report and Species Sighting LIst for Spring Ocean Exploration Cruise - We now have our trip report and sighting lists up and ready for your viewing. Go to the NECWA News Blog by clicking HERE. Make sure to scroll down to the very end for the pictures of our passengers while offshore are my favorite!