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Month: May 2009

A Sighting of Pike!

Hey there, I have some news about a little humpback that we are familiar with at Quoddy Link. Pike (Six’s 2007 calf) who we saw during the 2008 season has been sighted off Stellwagan Bank! We will have to see if this young whale continues north to visit the Bay of Fundy feeding grounds.

The 2009 Gulf of Maine Humpback Whale Naming Event is now over and I have one more whale to add to list that I got to name. This is the Amulet’s 2006 calf now named Origami (On the leading edge of the LF in the white area close to the tip of the fluke there is a black mark that looks like an origami swan)

Thanks for checking in today. Below is a collage of the whales that I have had the privilege to name this year. Cheers!

A New Name for Six’s 2007 Calf!

Hey everyone, I have some news to report on the 2009 Humpback Whale Naming Event. The past few weeks we have been working on giving some great names to some young whales. The whales involved in this round of naming are previously sighted calves, which simply means that these whales were seen with their moms and then seen again on the feeding grounds, on their own, at least a year later. The first name I want to tell you about is Six’s 2007 calf that I photographed on September 19th, the first time this young whale was seen without its mom. This young whales new name is Pike (named for “The black line looks like a spear. A pike weapon is similar to a spear”.

Also, 3 of my suggested names were selected for some young whales in the Gulf of Maine (not seen in the Bay of Fundy)

This young whale is Reaper’s 2007 calf and is now named Longboard (On the right fluke, towards the tip, there is a black mark that looks like a skateboard going down a hill. A longboard is just longe than a skateboard and has softer wheels)

This is Palette’s 2007 calf and is now named Marionette (On the LF hanging down from the trailing edge it looks like the leg from a marionette puppet)

And this young whale is the 2007 calf of Filament and is now named Marsh (For the tallgrass on the right fluke)

There will be some voting going on for the next 2 days and I have 3 other names that are currently leading! So far, for the 2009 naming I have named 9 whales. Yeah, I’m excited. I will keep you posted.

Cheers and thanks for checking in today.

Happy Mother’s Day

Hello everyone, it’s Danielle with Quoddy Link and I just wanted to wish everyone, including my Mom is St. Catharines and very happy Mother’s Day.

Speaking of mom’s, I do want to report that there have already been 12 new humpback moms reported in the Gulf of Maine. Last year was very impressive with 87 confirmed humpback calves. Another big Happy Mother’s Day goes out to the 38 North Atlantic right whale mom’s this year. This is a fantastic number of calves born into a critically endangered population.

The photo below is Six’s 2007 calf that will be officially getting named this weekend. The votes must be submitted by Monday and I will let you know when I hear the results.

Thanks for checking in and check back soon, our 2009 season is set to begin on June 20th! Come down to St. Andrews and join us on the Bay of Fundy!