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Captain Mark's Whale & Seal Cruise. Sightings are guaranteed on tours, from June through mid-September, aboard inflatable boats (C$44) or a 42-foot research vessel (C$35). Well-trained guides and researchers from Dalhousie University narrate the tours on the research vessel. Harbour Rd., off Cabot Trail, Pleasant Bay, NS, B0E 2P0. 902/224–1316 or 888/754–5112. www.whaleandsealcruise.com.
Fiddlin' Whale Tours. Captain Stan MacKinnon adds music to the whale-watching mix, so you can enjoy his traditional Cape Breton fiddling as you scan the waves for whales (C$40, plus C$2 for parking). This may seem like a bizarre pairing, but apparently whales respond to the pitch and sometimes contribute their own songs. An on-board hydrophone helps you hear them. Harbour Rd., off Cabot Trail, Pleasant Bay, NS, B0E 2P0. 902/383–2340 or 866/688–2424. www.fiddlinwhaletours.com.
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