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Month: September 2006

Welcome back “the Unknown”

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Hello, it’s Danielle with Quoddy Link Marine. What a nice fall day. Our morning trip was a chartered cruise with both of our boats and we had 3 minke whales in amongst the islands. Our afternoon trip came with decrease in winds and took us offshore in search of humpback whales. We were about 2 miles from Southern Wolf when we found Cork, Parachute and our “Unknown”. The “Unknown” (top right) is a humpback whale that can not be matched to catalogued whale and which we haven’t seen since September 22nd. This whale will most likely be named in April and the Gulf of Maine Humpback Whale Naming Conference. Below is a photograph of Parachute and Cork traveling very close to the Island Link, our power cruiser out on a charter. Thanks for checking in!

A close encounter with Cork!

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Hello, it’s Danielle, senior naturalist and photographer with Quoddy Link Marine. Well, today was wet and very, very windy so both our boats stayed in the harbour and we got a day off from the water but yesterday was amazing. On both our morning and afternoon trips we headed off to the Wolves Banks and found Parachute and Cork, 2 humpback whales. Our afternoon trip was extra special with a lob tail and loud trumpet from Parachute and a VERY close encounter with Cork (photos below). This is the first time we have seen this behaviour from Cork, a 4-year-old female. She approached the boat very close and surfaced on both sides, turning and surfacing very close to the boat again. To have the curiosity returned is so amazing, it puts me at a loss for words. Thanks for checking in and stay tuned for more updates!!

A GREAT autumn day on the Bay of Fundy!

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Hello there, it’s Danielle with Quoddy Link Marine. What a beautiful autumn day! With a very light SE wind we headed out on our 2:00 pm departure immediately in search of humpback whales. On our way out to the Wolves Banks we got a call from a fellow whale watcher out of St. Andrews, Fundy Tide Runners They had a humpback whale in the area where we were headed. When we arrived we found Parachute, a favorite humpback with Quoddy Link. We spent a while with Parachute and traveled with “him” as he started to make his way to the ebb tide feeding grounds in the Grand Manan Channel. On our way there we found Cork, a 4 year-old female humpback whale we have come to know well. After about 10 minutes they came together and traveled side-by-side (picture below). With some trumpeting (loud breathing) and tail slaps from Parachute they separated again and went on their own way. We hung around for another series and Cork lob tailed to the delight of our passengers. What a great autumn day!


Thanks for checking in and I’ll keep you posted as the end of the season draws near (our last scheduled whale watch is October 11th) !

Where have you been Hobo??!!?? Welcome Back!

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What a great day! We headed out on our 2:00 pm departure and stopped at the mouth of Head Harbour Passage to watch a minke whale and then John, our captain/owner decided to head offshore in search of humpbacks. On our way out towards the Wolves Banks we found Parachute (top picture), on the move to what looked to be the ebb tide feeding ground in the Grand Manan Channel. We spent about 45 minutes with Parachute, one of our favorite humpbacks and today was no different as “he” did a full breach very close to the boat. Breaching is a common humpback behaviour but certainly isn’t seen on every 3 hour whale watch. As we were watching Parachute we saw another blow towards the Channel about 2 miles away. We headed over and found Hobo (bottom picture), a humpback whale we haven’t seen since September 6th! As we waited for “him” to surface again he breached off our bow, very lucky day.

Thanks for checking in and I will continue to keep you posted.

Humpbacks are still around!

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Hello, it’s Danielle with Quoddy Link Marine. We are coming up on the end of September and we still have humpback whales in the bay. Yesterday, September 22nd, we remained inshore with a minke whale on our 10:00 am trip but with the ebb tide and a drop in winds we headed out to the Grand Manan Channel in the afternoon. When we arrived we found our “unknown” humpback (the series below is from yesterday). “She” became active and our passengers were treated to 2 tail breaches. As we were watching this humpback we saw 2 more blows down a little further in the channel. As we went over we found both Parachute (above) and Cork. A great afternoon!

Today came with a weather warning but with calm seas and no rain yet we headed directly out to the Wolves Banks on our 10:00 am trip. On our way out we found both Parachute and Cork, 2 humpbacks we have become very familiar with and the sightings were fantastic, with close approaches from both humpbacks. The forecasted winds arrived in the afternoon but had a very nice trip inshore watching a minke whale.

Thanks for checking in, they are calling for some serious winds tomorrow but I will keep you updated on our sightings.


Back out to Cork

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Hello, it’s Danielle again with Quoddy Link Marine. We had a great day. They were calling for a lot of wind today but it was off the land and the conditions for whale watching were very good. We spent about 45 minutes with a minke whale in Head Harbour Passage and then our captain/owner John decided to check out the conditions off shore. With less wind than expected we continued out into the Grand Manan Channel were we found Cork, a familiar 4-year old female humpback whale. Above (left) you can see her diving close to the boat. Below you can see a photograph I took today of her tail. Note the black cork-shaped mark on the right hand side of her fluke which is how she got her name. Thanks for checking in!!

Quality time with minke whales!

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Hello there, it’s Danielle with Quoddy Link Marine. I just wanted to update you on our past few days. We have had quite a bit of wind and fog and have been confined to the inner islands. Even with the foul weather we have been having fantastic sightings of minke whales. Here you can see a photograph of Breadknife, a very familiar whale with local whale watchers. Below you can see 2 pictures from our 10:00 am trip on September 19th. We had an amazing sighting of a breaching minke whale off Head Harbour Light, at the northern tip of Campobello Island. It is very special to see a whale breach, but a minke whale breaching is incredibly rare. “He” breached about 10 times to the delight of our passengers. Thanks for checking in and I’ll keep you posted on our sightings over the next few days!


A FANTASTIC Right Whale Trip!

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Today we had the pleasure of taking passengers out on the open Bay of Fundy to search for the endangered North Atlantic Right Whale. Our scout boat headed out at 6:45 am and 1 hour and 30 minutes later we were with approximately 15 right whales! With only 300-350 left in the world, to have 15 so close was a privledge most wont soon forget.

Here you can see the callosities (roughened patches of skin) on the head of the right whale. The callosities appear in the same place as male facial hair. You can also clearly see the highly arched jaw line.


A mom and calf right whale!


A close encounter with a basking shark, the second largest fish in the world!Below you can see a right whale diving close to the Quoddy Link, I was on our scout boat.

Our afternoon trip was a regular whale watch. We traveled into the Grand Manan Channel and got to spend some more time with Parachute, Cork and our “unknown”. The sightings were great and the weather was beautiful. We also had a minke whale right in the entrance to Head Harbour Passage. Thanks for checking in!

Gorgeous Day!

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Hello, this will be a short post but I just wanted to let you all know how our day went. With calm seas and sunny skies (and a bit of fog in the morning but it burned off in time) we spent time on both our 10:00 am and 2:00 pm trip with 3 humpback whales: Cork, Parachute and our new unknown from the past few days. A great day with fantastic sightings. Tomorrow we have a special trip planned to see the incredibly endangered North Atlantic Right Whale! We are all very excited and I will let you know how it goes. Thanks for checking in.

Cork, Parachute and An Unknown!

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Hello, it’s Danielle with Quoddy Link Marine. What a great day! On our 10:00 am trip we had 3 humpbacks! Parachute, Cork and the same unknown we saw on the 13th of September were all in the Grand Manan channel on the ebb tide. Just great to see all 3 so close to one another. On our 2:00 pm trip the winds increased but not enough to stop us from finding Parachute about 2 miles SW of Southern Wolf. As usual Parachute was so easy to watch, surfacing every 5 minutes within 100 feet of the boat almost every time. What a great day!
Unknown, first seen on September 13th


Cork

ParachuteKeep checking for more updates!