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Month: July 2009

Finback and minke whales

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Hey folks, I’m back from a long day on the water but it was so nice to see the sun and not have too much fog to deal with. The past few days have been hard and the whales have not been making it any easier (we did miss a few trips where we didn’t see any whales, it does happen but not very often, but we have a policy where if whales are not sighted we offer a free trip to come again or a 50% refund). This morning we had the least amount of fog of the day, once we got out of Passamaquoddy Bay and we found a large fin whale off Southern Wolf….but the fog closed in after about 20 minutes so we made out way inshore and watched a minke whale off Eastport, ME. We spent time with the same minke on our afternoon and evening departure (on our 5:30 trip we also saw 2 other minke whales!). Below is a photo of the fin whale from our 10:00 am departure.

The seal sightings continue to be great and we saw many bald eagles today, both adults and juveniles.

Thanks for checking in today,
Cheers,
Danielle

Finbacks and minkes and a day off because of weather

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Hey there everyone, I’m going to keep this one short, I just got home from a long day on the water and tomorrow looks to be the same so it’s time for me to go to bed.

We have been seeing both minke and fin whales the past few days. Yesterday we canceled all of our departures due to high winds and today there was a little weather to deal with but we were able to get on the water on 2 trips.

We have searched the offshore area a few days ago and still no signs of humpback whales but we are looking and keeping in contact with the folks on Grand Manan.

Below is a photo of a large fin whale, taken on July 23rd off Blacks Harbour.

Thanks for checking in today,
Cheers,
Danielle

Minkes and Fins and Fog

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Hey everyone, I just wanted to share a quick update on our sightings from yesterday. We spent time with a minke whale on our 2:00 pm departure (even had a partial breach!) and a large finback off East Quoddy on the evening trip. Below are 2 photos from yesterday.



We also took a run up the Campobello shoreline during the afternoon and we saw a small group of puffins. Alcids, including puffins, are diving birds and use their wings to fly under the water.




I’m back to work tomorrow, check back for more updates!
Cheers,
Danielle

Minke whales, a finback and an interview with CBC

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Hey everyone, what a gorgeous day we had on the water! Our morning trip we spent in Head Harbour Passage with 3 minke whales, got some great looks….we even got to see the white bands on the pectoral flippers, affectionately referred to as “minke mittens”.

Our afternoon departure took us up the Campobello shoreline pass Nancy’s Head into the Grand Manan Channel as we followed a finback whale. The series of photos below show a terminal dive, the last dive in a series of shallower dives.






This morning I did a short interview with Chris Corday from CBC regarding Quoddy Link’s contribution to Art MacKay’s blog I love Quoddy WILD!. Below is a photo of all 3 of us in front of the Quoddy Link. It’s great to be a part of I Love Quoddy WILD, and share our sightings with the readers.


Hopefully the nice weather continues tomorrow!
Cheers,
Danielle

Fin whales, minkes, LOTS of porpoise…what a great day

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Hey everyone, it’s Danielle back from another great day on the water. We had some fog this morning but after that cleared we had some great whale sightings.

This morning we spent time with a minke whales between Campobello and Deer Island and then on the way home through Western Passage we stopped with a very large group of harbour porpoise. They were all feeding just on the edge of the Old Sow. There were lots of gulls there as well. The 2 photos below are from this morning, you can see a herring in the mouth of the gull. Also note the single blowhole, or nostril, on the porpoise (this is a trait of all toothed whales).



On our afternoon and evening departure we saw both minke and finback whales in Head Harbour Passage. What a great day!

Tomorrow morning I am doing an interview with CBC regarding our contribution to the I Love Quoddy WILD Blog, I will let you know how that goes.

Cheers,
Danielle

Whale Watching in the Old Sow

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Hello everyone, just a quick note on todays trip. With thick fog in the morning we had only one departure today at 2:00 pm. We found a fin whale in the Passage off Black Rock but only got a few looks and then he took off into the fog. We traveled up and down Head Harbour Passage looking for another whale and then we got a call from a fellow whale watcher out of St. Andrews, Fundy Tide Runners that they had a minke whale in the Old Sow, in Western Passage between Deer Island and Eastport, ME. The Old Sow is the largest tidal whirlpool in the Western hemisphere and runs hardest at 3 hours before high tide. We made our way there and what a great trip it turned out to be. There was so much life there, with many harbour porpoise and birds feeding in the same area, it was fantastic. Thanks to all the passengers that came out today who were hearty and were trusting as we took them out into the thick Bay of Fundy Fog!

Thanks for checking in,
Cheers,
Danielle

A cool July day

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Hey everyone, it’s Danielle with Quoddy Link back from a very cool July day on the water. On our 10:00 am departure we ventured offshore with no reports of fin whales around the islands. We traveled out to Southern Wolf and on the edge of the Owen Basin but we didn’t see any finbacks. We spotted a minke whale off Head Harbour Island and “he” turned out to be very co-operatve and we got some great looks.

Our afternoon trip took us off Nubble Island where we spent some time with a fin whale. At first the whale was making some big moves and staying down a long time but with a little patience we managed to get some good sightings. The photo below is from today, Whitehorse Island is in the background.


We have been seeing lots of seals on every trip and I wanted to share 2 pictures from today of some hauled-out harbour seals.


They are calling for some weather tomorrow so we will have to see what happens then. Thanks for checking in,
Cheers,
Danielle

EKG sighted in the Bay of Fundy!

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Hey everyone. One thing I want to do is keep all of the regular reader of the Quoddy Link blog up to date on the humpback whales that we regularly see in our little part of the Bay of Fundy and I have some news! EKG was seen on the Brier Island side of the Bay of Fundy by our friends at Brier Island Whale and Seabird Cruises. I photographed EKG in 2006 as an unknown and he or she has been seen in our part of the Bay every season since. Hopefully EKG and others we know well will make their way into our part of the Bay soon….

More great fin whale sightings

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Hey there everyone, Danielle from Quoddy Link back from a full day on the water. We spent time with fin whales on all 3 of our departures today (this AM we did take a run offshore in search of humpback whales with our Scout Boat but none yet…but you never know unless you look).

I took another video of the fin whales on the 5:30 pm departure, we were at the mouth of Head Harbour Passage and it was a gorgeous evening on the water.

We also had fin whales on all 3 trips on July 15th, another great full day on the water. We are also seeing lots of seals, both grey and harbour, bald eagles and harbour porpoise.

Thanks for checking in today!

Cheers,
Danielle

Amazing Fin Whales off East Quoddy Head Light

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Hey everyone. We had such an amazing trip yesterday afternoon off of the entrance to Head Harbour Passage with finback whales. There were 3 individuals that we got to see, many times. We spent over an hour with the whales and it was amazing! I got some video today that I wanted to share with you. All of the videos were shot from the upper deck, in one you can see the railing of the boat and you can see me walking across the upper deck, we were so lucky and they whales came so close.

I also got some video of harbour porpoise, these guys are fast so the video is not very long but I hope you enjoy it. The second part you can see the porpoise under the water, it’s a great view on the upper deck on a sunny day

I also got some photos from todays morning departure (I took this afternoons trip to just watch the whales otherwise I spend my entire season looking through my viewfinder, it’s nice to have the chance to to just take it all in). Today there were a number of fin whales off Bliss and Black’s Harbour on the flood tide.



Thanks for checking in today!
Cheers,
Danielle