Summer is here, and we've got boats and cruises on the brain.

In the past, we've written about cruising with the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company, including these special party ships which are a blast-and-a-half. You might catch a glimpse of a whale while on such a boat, but what if you're exclusively looking to see these large creatures in their natural habitats?

Luckily, two whale watching ships in New Hampshire can make that happen.

Granite State Whale Watch in Rye

Granite State Whale Watch is New Hampshire's "only full-time whale watch"and has been in operation for over 40 years, according to their website.

Most of the GSWW cruises journey out to Jeffrey's Ledge, where the cold water provides an ideal environment for creatures that whales love to snack on, like krill and plankton. According to the website, this area has "the largest population of whales on the New England coast".

So, what animals could you see while you're out there? GSWW states that past sightings have included:

"40 ton Humpback Whales, 70 ft. Finback Whales, Minke Whales and highly endangered Right Whales. Other species sighted include Atlantic White Sided Dolphins, Harbor Porpoises, Pilot Whales, Harbor Seals, Sharks, Tuna and Ocean Sunfish."

The website explains that there's a 99% sighting record for whales, so chances are, you're gonna see some pretty cool stuff. But on the off-chance that the waters are still and nothing makes an appearance, GSWW will offer you a free pass that's valid for the next year.

For more FAQ's, click here.

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Al Gauron Deep Sea Fishing and Whale Watching in Hampton

Want to experience some deep sea fishing in addition to whale watching? You may want to check out Al Gauron Deep Sea Fishing and Whale Watching.

According to their website, Al Gauron is a family-owned business that's offered different fishing trips and whale watching cruises to the public for 75+ years.

For those interested in fishing trips, Al Gauron has a variety of selections including full-day fishing, morning and afternoon mackerel fishing, evening fishing, striped bass fishing, a tuna experience, and more.

There are also specialty pirate and fireworks cruise options, as well as private charters.

Click here for more information or to make a reservation.

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