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Month: August 2013

A FINtastic start to the long weekend

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Good evening everyone, we had a great start to the long weekend spending time on all three trips with both minkes and finbacks

Here are some fin whale photos from today

This is one of the minkes we saw today

There were also lots of harbour porpoise around, seal as well and plenty of seabirds including some large groups of northern gannets.

Thanks for checking in today,

Cheers,
Danielle

RIGHT ON!

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Hello everyone, I have some very exciting news to share.  On all three trips yesterday we had the opportunity and privilege to spend time with North Atlantic right whale 3513 and her 2013 calf!  3513 is an eight year old female and this is her first calf.

Here are photos from the trips

The NEAq right whale research team out of Lubec

3513

NEAq right whale research team and 3513 and calf

3513

3513 and calf

3513 and calf

3513 and calf

calf of 3513

calf of 3513 stretching

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The North Atlantic right whale is critically endangered with an estimated world wide population of around 500 individuals.  There were 20 calves born into the population this past winter so to get the chance to spend time with a mom and calf right whale pair is pretty darn special.

I do want to mention that all of the photos have been cropped and edited.  The pair was traveling between American and Canadian waters and the regulations regarding right whales is very different in the 2 counties.  We always made sure we were being respectful of the mother and young calf and whale watching with a strong code of ethics.  Yesterday, as everyday, I am very proud to work for Quoddy Link and so very happy to have the captains we have!

Thanks to everyone who joined us on these special trips.

Cheers,
Danielle

a FINtastic weekend

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Good evening everyone, today was another wonderful day on the water out of St. Andrews with finbacks.  This rmoning and this afternoon we went right back offshore off South Wolf where we found the fin whales yesterday morning and they were there again today.  The most activity we saw was on our morning trip, about 2 hours into the flood tide. This evening we stayed inshore (ebb tide) and we saw 2 fin whales just inside Whitehorse.

Here are some photos I took today of the fin whales off South Wolf

There are three whales there, 2 tails partially out of the water and one dorsal fin

Check out the porpoise in the back

This afternoon on our way back to St. Andrews we stopped between the Islands where we found a group of porpoise and lots of gulls feeding on herring, I managed to grab this photo of a herring gull eating herring.

Thanks for checking in today and thanks to everyone who joined us today,

Cheers,
Danielle

All about the finback

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Good evening all, today was all about finback whales.  This morning and this afternoon we made our way off South Wolf where on the flood tide we found 6-7 large finbacks feeding.  Great to see that many whales in one area…we have not had a lot of that this season.

This evening the tide was on the ebb, and we knew from the later part of our afternoon trip that the fins had left the South Wolf area (in all different directions) so we stayed inshore with 2 fins just off Chatty’s.  We also saw a few minke whales.

Thanks so much for checking in today,

Cheers,
Danielle

A FINtastic Friday

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Good evening everyone, we had another FINtastic day on the water.

This morning we started with a sleepy finback inshore and then made our way towards Campobello where we saw 2 minke whales, including Slice.

We then decided to take a run offshore to see what we could find….we found three finbacks off South Wolf.  I photographed 2 of them and they are new to our area and we documented lots of food in the area.

This afternoon we decided to run right offshore to see those finbacks but we searched and no luck, we did see some puffins much to the delight of everyone on board.  So we made our way back off Green’s Point Light and got some amazing looks at a fin whale inshore.

Thanks to everyone who joined,

Cheers,
Danielle

A day with finbacks

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Good evening everyone, we had a wonderful day on the water with finback whales and minkes.  All three trips we have some wonderful close encounters with whales.

Here are some finback photos from today

This afternoon we made our way up Head Harbour Passage to watch a minke whale and we found a huge group of gulls, mostly herring, great black-backed and Bonaparte’s but you never know what else may have been mixed in.  The group was estimated to be 5000 strong!

Thanks to everyone who joined today and thanks for checking in here,

Cheers,
Danielle

Fin whales, minkes and a basking shark

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We had another great day out on the Bay of Fundy today!

Out 10am trip we started with 2 fin whales off Bliss. we got some nice looks but they were not that easy to watch.  We decided to take a run offshore and we saw porpoise and seabirds, including some puffins but no whales so we made our way back to the mouth of Head Harbour Passage and spent some time with a minke whale and some groups of harbour porpoise before heading home.

This afternoon we started with a familiar minke whale, Breadknife just inside the Horse and then we saw a finback who we spent some time with and got some great looks, including a great look at the tail because the fin whale did fluke up which is very rare (of course I was not expecting it to happen so no photo).  Then we took a little swing out towards Campobello and found a basking shark, our first sighting of the season!  We got some great looks as the shark was right beside us….amazing!

Our evening trip we started with 2 fin whales just off Barnes then we moved up the Passage and found 4 minkes just behind Popes.

What a great day on the water,

Cheers,
Danielle

Fins and Slice

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Hello everyone, we had a really great Sunday on the Bay.  We spent part of our morning docked on Campobello at the Roosevelt cottage while our passengers toured the RCIP and we then took them for a whale watch after that and just like all three trips yesterday we spent time with fins and minkes.

Slice, a minke whale

I simply love the way minke whales surface, the tip of the rostrum right out of the water 

Fin whale

Thank you to everyone who joined.  The Quoddy Link was having some propeller issues yesterday but she us up and running at top speed 🙂

Cheers,
Danielle

A FINtastic Saturday out of St. Andrews

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Good evening everyone, well, the fin whales and minke whales were a little easier to watch today and we had another great day on the water.  I didn’t take very many photos today, I took some time to simply watch the whales instead of looking through my viewfinder.

There were lots of porpoise, seals, eagles, and seabirds around today as well.

Always happy when we see some redheaded greys 

Father razorbill and young chick 

Cheers and thanks for checking in,
Danielle

A reminder that wildlife is wild

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Good evening everyone, today was a reminder that wildlife is wild and is most certainly not on our schedule. Patience was required on all three trips today but with some extra time spent we got some great looks at both fin whales and minkes on every departure.

This little minke was charging around so fast

Thanks so much for checking in with Quoddy Link,

Cheers,
Danielle