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Month: September 2013

Breaching minke in Head Harbour Passage!

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Good evening everyone!

We have been spending time with minke whales on our last four trips of the past 2 days in and around Head Harbour Passage.  This afternoon we had some fog to deal with but we got word of some minkes in a clear spot in Head Harbour Passage off Wilsons Beach, Campobello Island.  Well, to the delight and awe of our passengers one of the minke whales decided to breach a number of times, once quite close to the boat!  It is always a special sight to see any whale breach but to see a minke whale jump out of the water is a very rare sight!

We have been seeing a number of harbour seals hauling out again around Splitting Knife.

Thanks again for checking in and for everyone who joined us aboard the Quoddy Link,

Cheers,
Danielle

Bird Cruise…Fin Whales…Minkes….Still lots to see

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Good evening everyone,

I have 2 days to tell you about….yesterday we had 2 trips and it did take some patience, I’m not going to lie but in the end on both trips we found both minke and finbacks and got some amazing looks at both.

This morning we had our second coastal and pelagic bird cruise of the 2013 season and it was a wonderful morning on the water.  Even though we didn’t see as many species as we saw last season we still had some highlights….we had some great looks at a bald eagle fishing (a first for many passengers on board), we saw a pair a red-necked grebes and we also saw plenty of surf and white-winged scoters in Passamaquoddy Bay.

This afternoon we headed offshore, we knew there were some minke whales being sighted inshore but the boat traffic was a little too heavy for our liking so off we went.  We ended up off Long Eddy. Grand Manan with 3 minke whales and lots of feeding harbour porpoise.

Thanks to everyone who has joined us over the past 2 days,

Cheers,
Danielle

Flood tide finners

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Good evening everyone,

We had an incredible afternoon on the water with 5-6 feeding fin whales on the flood tide!  We got some amazing looks as the whales fed and traveled all around us.

Thanks to everyone who joined, we had a great group of guests with us today,

Cheers,
Danielle

Another FINtastic day

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Good evening everyone,

We had 2 great trips today, this morning we spent most of our time off Blacks on the flood tide with 6 feeding fin whales.  We were in the area for about an hour and a half and we stayed closest to a pair that were feeding together.  They would come up so high after being under and their eye would almost be out of the water!  Amazing sightings.

This whale is lunge feeding on it’s side

That is seaweed (Fucus sp.) hanging out of the whales mouth

That is the upper railing on the Quoddy Link in the bottom left

This afternoon started off a little slow but we got some great looks at 3 minkes and a familiar finback.  Then on our way home we stopped for a minke whale a pair of fins surfaced right beside the boat, they must have gone right underneath us much to the delight of everyone on board.

Thank You to everyone who joined us today aboard the Quoddy Link.

Cheers,
Danielle

Fins, minkes…EAGLES…wonderful day

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Good evening everyone, we had a great day on the water with three trips…

This morning we spent time with three fin whales feeding in a small area on the flood tide.  We got some amazing looks at the whales, their colouring is so beautiful…you can clearing see the blaze and chevrons on the whales, and their lower, white right jaw.

We also saw lots of eagles along the Campobello shoreline. this morning.

This afternoon we spent time with Slice and three other minke whales.  And we stopped with a large group of feeding gulls and cormorants that also included about 10 bald eagles all fishing and eating on the wing.  Amazing to see.  There were also a lot of harbour porpoise feeding as well.

This evening we had a short trip with some students from NBCC St. Andrews and we saw three finback whales as well as an amazing sunset and full moon.

Cheers,
Danielle

Fin whales and bald eagles.

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Good evening everyone.  We had another great day on the Bay out of St. Andrews spending time with finback whales on both departures.

We also saw LOTS of eagles today, over 25 on our morning trip and this afternoon we actually saw an adult eagle eating a seal pup that had died and the body got stuck in the intertidal zone.

Thank You so much to everyone who joined us today and thank you for checking in,

Cheers,
Danielle

PS Thought I would share some photos of some crazy cloud formations that we saw before an afternoon rain squall passed through

Fin whales and finally…no fog!

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Well, good evening everyone, we had our first day with great weather in what seems like a very long time.  It was calm and clear so we decided to take a run offshore to see what we could find.  We ran out to South Wolf and then to the east, all the way around Eastern Wolf but had no luck with finding any whales offshore.  We knew there were finbacks inshore and we knew they were being difficult to watch, so it worked that we waited and let the tide flood for about an hour as we searched other areas.  When we arrived with the fin whales we got some incredible looks, there were 5 in total, 2 pairs and a single.

This video I took today, the fins were so close to the boat you can’t even see them in the frame but you can hear and see the blow.

Thanks to everyone who joined us today,

Cheers,
Danielle

Finbacks and Fog

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Good evening everyone,

We had another 2 great trips out there on the Bay of Fundy.  It was great to get out there this morning on an ebb tide and find out where the fin whales were.  Whale can move around a lot and depending on the tide they can be found in very different areas (or sometimes not at all).  We have been spending time with fin whales over the past few days on a strong flood tide but this morning we were mid-ebb and we found 4 finbacks just inside the Horse.  They didn’t seem to be feeding but just travelling around in the area.

Here is a video from a close encounter this morning

We also got to watch a herring weir be seined, or harvested.  Weirs are an inshore fishery for herring (in our part of Bay).  To learn more about weirs click HERE

This afternoon we had some fog to deal with but we lucked out…and found a fin whale in a small clear pocket and what a pleasure this fin whale was to watch.  Short dives and not travelling far at all.  We got some wonderful looks at this familiar whale.

Thanks to everyone who joined us today,

Cheers,
Danielle

Fin whales, Fin whales, swimming in the ocean….

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Good morning everyone, we had 2 great trips yesterday, both on the flood tide and both were spent with 6-8 feeding fin whales off Bliss.  We had 2 great groups of passengers who dealt with the strong SW wind and choppy seas wonderfully.

Here are some photos from yesterday

Thank You to everyone who joined us and thanks for checking in,

Cheers,
Danielle

FINtastic Flood Tide Fin Whales

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Good morning everyone.  We had a great on the water yesterday with a morning and an afternoon departure.  It never ceases to amaze me how different each and every day….and trip…is out on the Bay of Fundy.

In the morning we found at least 6 fin whales feeding aggressively off Bliss Island on the flood tide, these whales were no where to be found the day before on the same time of the tide.  There were also a large number (50+) northern gannets feeding in the same area as well.  I seem to have taken a lot more photos of gannets than whales yesterday morning….

The afternoon trip was the ebb tide and it was whole different story out there….but with patience and some extra time spent we managed to get some great looks at 2 minke whales, including Slice and a large fin whale doing some long dives.

Unfortunately we had to cancel out offshore humpback/right whale trip due to a forecast of high winds and low visibility.  I will post if we are able to reschedule.

Thanks so much for checking in,

Cheers,
Danielle