Gloucester Massachusetts Whale Watch Captains and Crew


Captain Jim Douglass Captain Jim Douglass: "Please join me aboard the Hurricane II. As I carry on my father's legacy as the pioneer of whale watching in Gloucester, I am inspired by the amazement I see on our passengers faces every time we leave the dock! Being able to show and teach the public about these gentle giants of the deep is still an awe inspiring experience for me!"
Biography and Experience: Capt. Jim has been watching whales since 1979 and became a coast guard licensed captain in 1981. He has personally led over 4,000 whale watch trips. Jim is a graduate of New England College, and has also served as chairman of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce tourism division.

Captain Nick Danikas Captain Nick Danikas: "Please join me aboard the Hurricane II. When I joined Cape Ann Whale Watch in 1991, I knew I was joining the premier whale watching company in Gloucester and beyond. Today, 22 years later, I run every trip as if it is my first--upholding the reputation that Captain Fred built before I arrived".
Biography and Experience: A commercial sword fisherman and herring seiner from 1970 to 1983, Nick became a coast guard licensed captain in 1983. Nick has owned and operated his own commercial whale watch companies since then. Nick has personally led over 5,000 trips.

Cynde Bierman Naturalist

Head Naturalist Jamie McWillians: "Please join me aboard the Hurricane II. I have been fascinated with whales and marine life since I was a child. I have always loved sea turtles, fish, and birds; however, whales have always been my passion. I am very excited to share my love and passion for our
environment with the passengers, in hopes of inspiring them in return."

Biography and Experience
: A Texas native, Jamie began whale watching as an intern with Cape Ann Whale Watch. After her internship, she has a background in Biology and Environmental Science with a
focus in marine conservation from Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi. During her time
in school, and now during the Winter months, she also volunteers full time at a sea turtle
and wild bird hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas. This is her 3rd season with us.

Captain John Karvelas: "Please join me aboard the Hurricane II. I have been whale watching for 13 years--all of them with Cape Ann Whale Watch. Captain Jim and Captain Nick have instilled a passion for whale watching within me! My motto is that every time the Hurricane II leaves the dock, I am going to get the best trip possible for my passengers! That's the Cape Ann Whale Watch way!!"

Biography and Experience: Capt. John has been working at CAWW since 1994 and became a licensed captain in 1999. He's a graduate of the Landing School of Boat Building and Design and is currently pursuing a Biology Degree from Framingham State University. John is a huge ice hockey enthusiast. Don't be afraid to ask him about his Humpback whale tattoo!!