Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary
Provincetown is the closest port to the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary
(SBNMS), a federally protected marine habitat that is home to an amazing variety of marine life including whales, dolphins, sea turtles, deep sea fish, and sea birds.
The Town's proximity to SBNMS makes Provincetown one the best places in the world to whale watch. In 1976, Dolphin Fleet Eco-Excursions
, a family run whale watch company since 1975, worked with the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies
(PCCS), an internationally-known marine organization, to develop incredible science-based excursions to SBNMS.
The Center is open to visitors and is a great place to learn about whales and other coastal animals through classes, tours, and volumes of information at the PCCS’s Hiebert Marine Lab.
Today, Dolphin Fleet has its own public education and research program run by Dr. Carole Carlson, a leader in the large marine mammal conservation internationally. Trips are appropriate and enjoyable for people of all ages.