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Month: July 2006

Unlimited visibility and finback whales!

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NO FOG!!! The first day in many weeks with NO FOG. We had unlimited visibility and could see the Wolves and Grand Manan. With light northerly winds and a bright sun we had 3 great trips on the water. The morning trip we had 4 individual finbacks, 3 coming together at one point surfacing at the same time.
On the afternoon and evening trips we were just past Blacks Harbour and had great looks at a pair of finback whales. Here you can see the blaze and chevron of a finback whale. These markings are used to help ID individuals.

Here you can see some scars on the left side of this finback whale. These marks can also be used to help ID individual whales.

Our scout boat here with passengers had a close encounter with a finback whale. You can see the “blow” here, the whales breath that isn’t really a spout of water but simply hot air and with a little sea water that was on their nostrils when the whale surfaced.

You can see the size of the finback compared to our 22 foot scout boat. Our scout boat will go out on some mornings to “scout” for whales and we can take a few passengers for a personal trip, and then they join the Quoddy Link to warm up and take the return trip home through the islands.

The forecast is good again tomorrow, I’m keeping my fingers crossed and I will keep you posted.

Finbacks and LESS fog

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Hello there, it’s Danielle from Quoddy Link Marine. We had a great day today, finally a day with less fog and we got to see finback whales, and not too far from Bliss Island, only about 10 miles from St. Andrews. I have sent my photos to Allied Whale in Bar Harbour so they can try and identify the individual finback whales.

Yesterday we were in the islands with minke whales, 3 great trips. On our evening trip there was a lot of activity in Head Harbour Passage, hundreds of gulls and plenty of porpoise all actively feeding in herring. Here you can see a harbour porpoise with it’s triangular-shaped dorsal fin. They are incredibly difficult to photograph because of their speed and unpredictability.
The forecast is good for tomorrow, I’ll keep you posted on our sightings. Thanks for reading.

And the offshore fog continues

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Hi there, it’s Danielle, senior naturalist and photographer with Quoddy Linke Marine. Well, the fog still looms offshore but we had 2 days of great inshore trips with atleast 4 different minke whales. Here you can see 2 individual minkes, notice the difference in the shape of their dorsal fins, the fins on their backs.
Both of these whales were photographed in Head Harbour Passage, between Campobello and Deer Island.

The minke whales have been SO GOOD to us, my personal favorite whale, I just have to root for the “underdog”. They have saved the day more than once. A highly under-rated whale, minkes may be a smaller whale (if you consider 30 feet and 20,000 lbs small) but they are a special part of the wildlife found here in the Fundy Isles. No matter how much I love minke whales I am still hoping the fog will disappear soon so we can head offshore in search of finbacks and humpbacks.

Fog and southwest winds…

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We had a day of fog in the morning and strong southwest winds in the afternoon but it was warm and calm in Head Harbour Passage. We spent a nice amount of time with minke whales on both trips. On our afternoon trip we had a great eagle sighting, with a few adults and atleast 5 juveniles all soaring and flying together. They are calling for less strong winds tomorrow so we will see if we are able to get offshore to look for finbacks and humpbacks. I will keep you posted, check back soon.

Minkes on the 23rd, finbacks today!

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We were fogged into the Islands on the 23rd of July but we had 2 very nice trips with minke whales in Head Harbour Passage.

Here are some grey seals hauled out on some reefs that have been exposed by the ebbing tide. At Casco Bay Island we often see grey seals as well as harbour seals (in the background). They will haul out right beside each other.
Today was a good day on the water, it was my day off but both finbacks and minke whales were sighted. I’m back at it tomorrow, and I will keep you updated.

Finback, minkes and FOG!

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We headed out this morning and afternoon despite the fog and we had 2 great trips. Our scout boat had gone out before both trips to “scout” and search for whales. We spent a good part of each trip with a finback whale we have become very familiar with over the past few weeks. Also, in the afternoon we got to see 2 minke whales in Head Harbour Passage. With bald eagles, harbour seals and porpoise on both trips we had a great day even with the “Fundy Fog”. We’ll be keeping our fingers crossed for good visibility and calm seas, I’ll keep you all posted.

It’s a girl!

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Hello, it’s Danielle, senior naturalist and photographer with Quoddy Link Marine. We finally had some nice weather with no fog and we able to get offshore and spend some time with Cork again. We now know from molecular genetic testing on a skin sample done by Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies that Cork is female. This is a series of shots showing her terminal dive

The small black “cork” shape on the right-hand side of her fluke is how she got her name.

The scar shown here is most likely from an entanglement with fishing gear. It is estimated that more than 50% of the humpbacks in the Gulf of Maine have entanglement scars.

A pair of Atlantic puffins, a more common site this year than some previous years. These small pelagic seabirds are a favorite among passengers due to their colourful beaks and “cute” appearance.

Meet Cork!

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Hello, it’s Danielle. With the help of Jooke Robbins at the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies the humpback we have seen has been identified as “Cork”, the 2002 calf of Mica. We saw Cork in 2004 and “he” was named at the 2006 whale naming conference I attended in Provincetown, MA. Researchers with the Gulf of Maine Catalogue were excited to see a picture of “Cork” because “he” hadn’t been seen since 2002 when “he” was with “his” mom, Mica.
We have been confined to the inshore islands for the past few days because of the fog and wind but we have been seeing minke whales on a regular basis. I will keep you posted on our sightings, thanks for checking in.

Basking shark and a humpback whale…a very nice day

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We had a very nice day today out on the Bay of Fundy. NO FOG!! On our morning trip we ended up seeing a basking shark, the second largest fish in the world! A nice surprise. We also took a trip over to Whale Cove, Grand Manan to see a minke whale.

On our afternoon and evening trip we got to spend some time with a humpback whale of Eastern Wolf. This whale hasn’t been identified yet but I will make sure to keep you all posted.

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A day of fog and strong southwest winds confined us to the islands but we did see 2 new minke whales.
This is Breadknife, a minke whale we have been watching for many years now. We spotted “him” off Windmill Point, Campobello Island.

Another minke whale we have seen in previous years, we saw this one between Eastpot, ME and Campobello Island, NB.

Hopefull the weather will clear up soon and we can head back out of the protection of the islands in search of finbacks and humpbacks.