Whale Watching in the Atlantic Ocean – through Mid October

Whale watching in New Hampshire – a wonderful experience. Blue Ocean Society answers three of the most asked questions about Whale Watching

Is there a best time to go whale watching?

The whale watching season in New Hampshire begins in May and ends in the middle of October. While the very beginning and very end of the season sightings can be lighter, there is no single time that is best for whale watching. Because we are watching wild animals in their natural habitat it is difficult to predict where the whales will be any given day. From our perspective that makes whale watching more exciting because you never know what you might see. That being said, we tend to see the same animals year after year, and can usually count on seeing some–if not all–of the regulars during a season. In a typical season we see fin whales, minke whales, humpback whales, and occasionally Atlantic white sided dolphins. Toward the end of the season we can also start to see different species like sei whales, pilot whales, and in seasons past there have been some rare visitors like sperm whales. It truly is remarkable how different each season and even how each trip is.

How has been Whale Watching this summer?

Whale watching this season has been very exciting. Earlier in the season we started seeing some of our regular whales (fin whales, humpback whales, and minke whales) and averaging around 2-3 animals per trip. During July there was a large boom in the whales in our area and we had a few trips with over 15 whales. After our 2013 season we weren’t sure what to expect, but have been pleasantly surprised by the number of sightings we have already had this season.

Whale sightings have been closer to shore that we have seen in years past as well. For a period of around 2-3 weeks we had whales so close to shore that you could see people and cars along the beaches. This was very unusual, and gave passengers more time to spend with the whales.

Any specific points I can use to prompt people to take a trip?

Going on a whale watch in New Hampshire is a great way to enjoy time out on the water and spend time with some of the largest animals on the planet. Most people think you have to travel far to see whales, and don’t realize we have whales just in their backyards. Whale watching is a great family activity for those on vacation, and can also provide a mini vacation for those who live here in New Hampshire as well. I’m always surprised when we have passengers from New Hampshire who have never been on a whale watch before. On board the Atlantic Queen there are also Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation staff, interns, and volunteers. For families, taking a trip on the Atlantic Queen provides the kids with an opportunity to see what it takes to be a marine mammal researcher. Blue Ocean Society also provides education throughout the trip and provides activities for the kids on board.  For more information about Blue Ocean Society please visit www.blueoceansociety.org.​

For Whale Watch Tours visit

www.atlanticwhalewatch.com  – Atlantic Whale Watch &

www.granitestatewhalewatch.com Granite State Whale Watch

Both are located at Rye Harbor, Rye, NH.

Labor Day Weekend at Hampton Beach Seashell

Free family entertainment continues at the Hampton Beach Seashell through Labor Day Weekend with a special Firework Shoot on Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 9:30 PM.

Seashell Entertainment schedule:

Thursday August 28th Jilly Martin Featuring Ryan Brooks Kelly

Friday August 29th Granite Planet

Saturday August 30th Help-The cure for Beatlemania

Sunday August 31st The Continentals and Fireworks!

All shows are from 7PM – 9:30 PM

Have a safe and happy Labor Day Weekend!


13th Annual PIg Roast, Sat. Aug. 30 – 2014 = Good Family Fun

On Saturday, August 30, from noon until 2:30pm, the Historical Society will hold their 13th Annual Pig Roast. Please join us for the silent auction, live musical entertainment, activities for kids, as well as the very popular 50/50 raffle. This is our single largest fundraiser, which provides the majority of income to operate the Tuck Museum and to conduct school and community programs throughout the year, so its success is vital to our financial stability.

The pork is cooked overnight on site by our experienced crew, and many of the same generous volunteers come each year to serve the variety of salads donated by local restaurants. The menu includes our popular homemade baked beans, applesauce, beverages, and a wide range of dessert selections.

provident Tickets are $20 for adults. Students (for those ages 9-16) are $10. Children 8 years old and under are free when accompanied by an adult ticket holder. Purchase of ten tickets reserves you a table. Tickets may be purchased in the following ways:

  • from an HHS Board of Trustees member
  • at Marelli’s Market
  • at Hampton Parks and Recreation office in Town Hall
  • at the Provident Bank in Hampton
  • at Lally’s Lighthouse Market
  • at the Tuck Museum
  • below on this page via PayPal.
  • filling out and mailing the form on page 3 of the July, 2014 newsletter

Once again, we are pleased that the Provident Bank is our prime sponsor.

For more information, or how to donate items for the auctions, please call Linda Metcalf 926-5861 or the Tuck Museum 929-0781.

Visit the website to purchase tickets on line through pay pal. http://www.hamptonhistoricalsociety.org/pigroast.htm

Sundaes are hotter than ever at The Beach Plum

Summertime is a time to indulge. Treat yourself to a little something extra. At the Beach Plum, North Hampton & Portsmouth, treat yourself to a lot of something extra with a Beach Plum Experience.

Its no secret the Beach Plum offers the Best Lobster rolls in the area – and no visit goes without indulging in one of the 78 flavors of Ice Cream – but how about those Sundaes!

Offering a wide selection of unique, tasty and enormous sundaes – one sundae at the Beach Plum is an event in, and of itself. Overflowing in size and oozing with extreme flavors – try their famous Reese’s Sundae, Specialty Brownie Sundae or Earth Worm Sundae. All crowd pleasing and boasting with sweetness – you may, or may not, want to share.

Visit The Beach Plum in North Hampton & Portsmouth, NH; www.lobsterrolls.com.


Make your Beach Vacation memorable by visiting The Beach Plum.


Hampton Beach Talent Competition this weekend Augu. 22nd – 24th, 2014

Last Summer’s Hampton Talent Competition brought one of the largest crowds ever to the Seashell stage. Don’t miss out on this summer’s exciting competition! Contestants in two categories: Junior (under 18) & Senior (18 and over). Prizes in both categories;

Junior Semi Final – Friday August 22

Senior Semifinal Saturday, August 23

Finals – Both divisions Sunday August 24

All shows start at 7:00 PM.

For more information please visit hamptonbeach.org. Entry deadline closed August 1st.

Seashell Entertainment Week August 19th – August 21, 2014

Summer is still alive at Hampton Beach Seashell. Enjoy this Free nightly entertainment under the stars – while summer lasts.

Monday August 18th; The Reminisants Perform – Boston’s Best Oldies Band

Tuesday August 19th; Mike and Me – The Vic Paul ShowAn enormous repertoire

Wednesday August 20th; The Continentals & Fireworks at Dusk

Thursday August 21st; The Goat Ropers


Stay connected with Hamptonbeach.com & SeacoastBeachInfo.com for All of your New Engalnd Seacoast Information – Year Round!

Hampton Beach Summer Rentals at discount – Grab a bit of summer

LeeanneNew reduced rates for units right on Hampton Beach off M Street! Get a beautiful 2 bedroom unit with ocean views and beds for 4 people, for 25% off! Available 8/23-9/2  (10 nights) and only two left, so need to book now! Walking distance to all of Hampton Beach’s most popular attractions, including great restaurants and the Casino. Have another 2 bedroom for $500, 8/13-8/16 (3 nights) if interested.

Also have other units available:
-3 bedroom units open- same location and just $750 for 8/16-8/23 (7 nights), another one for just $1,050 for 8/23-9/2 (10 nights).
-4 bedroom units open- same location and just $1,100 for 8/16-23 (7 nights), 8/23-8/29 (6 nights) for $900, and from 8/23-9/2 (10 nights) for $1,350.

See homeaway listings: http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p3777432#summary, http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p3777492, and http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p3777400.

Also have a 4 bedroom in the island section of Hampton Beach – no TVs and only one parking spot…at the corner of Boston and River Ave…

Another beautiful fully renovated 2BR right on Seabrook Beach, see homeaway listing http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p3527813 for more details and pics..available 8/23-8/30 (7 nights) for reduced rate of $1,200.

Please email beachsidelucky@comcast.net for more details.

Children’s Festival – Today – Rainy Wednesday; August 13, 2014

Keep your feet dry and get ready for a jam packed – fun filled day tomorrow, Thursday, August 14th, 2014 as the Chamber has moved all of today’s exciting activities to tomorrow. Beginning at 10:00 AM Thursday, enjoy two days worth of activities in one day, packed full of excitement.

The day is not a total wash – Ronald McDonald will still make his appearance today, Wednesday. He will arrive at 2:00 PM either at the Seashell or at McDonalds Restaurant, across the street from the Seashell.

Kite Flying will be at 3:00 PM Tomorrow, Thursday, also. Everyone should meet at the Information Center.

Bio Blitz 2014 – Seacoast Science Center – Odiorne Point; Saturday, Sept. 20th, 2014

BioBlitz! 2014
Saturday, September 20, 2014, 6am-5pm

BioBlitz is a daylong species scavenger hunt of Odiorne Point State Park, where families explore alongside scientists and field naturalists to find and record data on as many different species in the Park as possible in one day.

BioBlitz offers exciting opportunities for all ages to gain knowledge and skill in their favorite area of nature. Exploration teams will be birding, searching for insects, snakes and amphibians, exploring the freshwater pond and salt marsh, tracking mammals, identifying plants and seaweeds, tide pooling and more. You can signup to participate in all or part of the day.

BioBlitz is a great way to excite children about science and a rare opportunity to meet many passionate biologists working together. Odiorne’s 135 acres and seven distinctly different habitats make it a unique and fascinating place to explore and learn.

If you are not up for scouring the park, there is still plenty to explore in the Center’s Gregg Interactive Learning Studio. There, you will see samples of species collected by naturalists and learn about the identification process. You can see amazing images of the plants, animals and activities from past years on the big-screens, observe insects through microscopes, see samples of seaweeds and fungi, and connect with many spirited nature-lovers.

The total number of species identified since the first BioBlitz in Odiorne in 2003 tops 2,062 and continues to grow every year. This valuable catalogue serves as a snapshot of biodiversity of our region. Your participation will not only help us monitor biodiversity, it will help us provide countless educational opportunities for school children, families and groups.

BioBlitz is FREE for Seacoast Science Center members; $7 for non-members; $20 for non-member families (up to 6 people). Last year, over 280 participants found 684 species, with 47 species being new to our list! We ask everyone to register in advance to ensure that we provide the most rewarding experience.

BioBlitz 2014 Exploration Schedule

Additional exploration groups will be announced during the event.

6 am Birding
8 am Bug/Insects
9 am Mammals
10 am Pond
11 am Plants/Trees
12 pm Special Program
1 pm Seine Netting
2 pm Salt Marsh
3 pm Tide Pooling
4 pm Seaweed
5 pm Program End

Special thanks go to event sponsors New Hampshire Public Television, Normandeau Associates, and ReVision Energy.

Save the date for next year’s BioBlitz, to be held September 19, 2015

https://www.z2systems.com/np/clients/seacoast/event.jsp?event=122& for additional information.

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