Animals Without Passports

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Follow along with humpback whales as they migrate from right here in Massachusetts to the Caribbean.

Animals Without Passports is a small exhibit that examines this annual journey from the Atlantic Ocean to warmer tropical waters. You’ll learn about the hazards that humpbacks face as they cross ocean borders, explore issues impacting the marine ecosystem, and consider our own role in protecting these amazing animals.

The humpback whales travel nearly 3,000 miles during their migration, but you can experience the drama of their incredible journey in just a few footsteps!

Courtesy of NOAA’s Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Exhibit funding provided by NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation.

Photo © NOAA Fisheries Service permit #605-1904 (courtesy of Jeremy Winn)

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About the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary

Visitors will also learn about the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, which encompasses 842 square miles of ocean stretching between Cape Ann and Cape Cod.

Renowned for its biological diversity and remarkable productivity, the sanctuary is famous as a whale-watching destination. Its position astride the historic shipping routes and fishing grounds for Massachusetts’ oldest ports also makes it a repository for shipwrecks representing several hundred years of maritime transportation.

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