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Month: September 2015

Minke whales, feeding northern gannets and bald eagles – September 28, 2015

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Good evening everyone!  We had one trip today and it was a beautiful full afternoon in Head Harbour Passage. The wind was a little strong out of the SW so we did stay inshore but we saw three minke whales and lots of porpoise.

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minke whale in the Quoddy River

The bald eagles again were beautiful along the Campobello shoreline.

bald eagle

bald eagle

One of the highlights were the feeding northern gannets off the entrance to Head Harbour Passage.

northern gannet

northern gannet

northern gannet

northern gannet

northern gannet

northern gannet

Thank You to all of our passengers for joining us aboard the Quoddy Link!
Cheers,
Danielle

Annual coastal seabird cruise – September 27, 2015

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Hello everyone, this morning we had our annual inshore seabird cruise and it was a wonderful trip. Some of the highlights were:
-estimated 5000-8000 feeding gulls in Head Harbour Passage (~80-90% Bonaparte’s gulls)
-around 30 bald eagles along the Campobello shoreline
-huge flocks of eiders
-surf, white-winged and black scoters in Passamaquoddy Bay
We also saw minke whales and harbour porpoise as well as seals.

minke surfacing very close to the Quoddy Link

minke surfacing very close to the Quoddy Link

harbour porpoise, check out the eye

harbour porpoise, check out the eye

flock of eiders

flock of eiders

So hard to capture the 1000\s of gulls feeding in Head Harbour Passage

So hard to capture the 1000\s of gulls feeding in Head Harbour Passage

Feeding Bonaparte's gulls

Feeding Bonaparte’s gulls

This afternoon we had another charter with visiting International students and we got some wonderful looks at 2 minke whales as well as harbour porpoise and both grey and harbour seals. Thank You to everyone who joined us today and thanks for checking in!

Cheers,

Danielle

And the amazing September weather continues – September 25, 2015

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Hello everyone, it’s Danielle with Quoddy Link back from another beautiful fall day on the Bay of Fundy.  We had 2 wonderful inshore trips today with incredible minke whales sightings on both departures.

minke from our morning departure

minke from our morning departure

minke with the Grand Manan V in the background

minke with the Grand Manan V in the background

Unique dorsal on the minke we spent time with this afternoon

Unique dorsal on the minke we spent time with this afternoon

minke

minke

minke

minke

We got some great looks at seals and porpoise as well on both trips.  Here are some photos of some male grey seals we saw on Black Rock this afternoon.

male grey seal

male grey seal

male grey seal

male grey seal

male greys

male greys

older male grey seal

older male grey seal

We also spent some time this afternoon along the Campobello shoreline with about 20 bald eagles….we were told it was a dream come true for one of our passengers.

Thanks for checking in and thank you to everyone who joined us today aboard the catamaran,

Cheers,

Danielle

Another day with fin whales on the Bank – September 24, 2015

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We only had one departure today (our morning departure was cancelled as the cruise ship was held up in Saint John and our passengers couldn’t make it down to Saint Andrews) and with word that there was little being sighted in the Islands on the change of the tide we decided to run offshore and see what we could find. We started east and then made our way to the Wolves Bank where we found 2 large finbacks. We got some wonderful looks before we made our way back home through the Islands for a more scenic trip. We also saw harbour porpoise and both harbour and grey seals.

Finback on the Wolves Bank

Finback on the Wolves Bank

THANK YOU to everyone who joined us today aboard the Quoddy Link and thank you for checking in today!

Cheers,

Danielle

Finbacks and minkes on the Bank – September 23, 2015

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We spent time today on both departures offshore on an area called the Wolves Bank with both fin whales and minkes. Some patience was required on both trips as the whales were doing long dives at times and making some big moves. They did settle down more in the afternoon at about the mid flood. We saw lots of pelagic seabirds offshore as well including shearwaters, puffins and razorbills.

Blow of a finback

Blow of a finback

Finback

Finback

Finback

Finback

Finback

Finback

Thanks to everyone who joined us today!

Cheers,

Danielle

Pond like conditions and minke whales – September 22, 2015

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he Bay of Fundy looked more like a pond today than the huge body of water it is…what an amazing day to be on the water! We spent time on both trips with multiple minke whales in Head Harbour Passage, including personal favorties like Slice and Breadknife. We did search for the finbacks with the help of our Scout Boat but came up empty. We got great looks at bald eagles, seals and porpoise as well all day!

Minke with mittens showing

Minke with mittens showing

minke

minke

minke

minke

Slice off Casco

Slice off Casco

Minke, Breadknife, with mittens showing.  I have been watching Breadknife for 14 years, since I started with Quoddy Link

Minke, Breadknife, with mittens showing. I have been watching Breadknife for 14 years, since I started with Quoddy Link

Minke, Breadknife

Minke, Breadknife

minke

minke

minke

minke

Harbour porpoise mom and calf pair

Harbour porpoise mom and calf pair

Thank You to everyone who chose the Quoddy Link today, we hope you had a great time.

Cheers,

Danielle

Fin whales and Minkes – September 21, 2015

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We had 2 departures today and what a beautiful day it was! This morning we spent time with a minke whale in Head Harbour Passage (we did see a blow from a finback a few times but never again). This afternoon we were back off Bliss with 2 finbacks but we did wait for the tide to flood some more so we just toured the Islands a little looking for seals, porpoise and bald eagles.

Here are some photos from today

minke

minke

minke

minke

Blow of a finback

Blow of a finback

Finback off the stern of the Quoddy Link

Finback off the stern of the Quoddy Link

Fin whale

Fin whale

The beautiful colouration of a finback

The beautiful colouration of a finback

Grey and harbour seals

Grey and harbour seals

Seals on Casco

Seals on Casco

Thank You to everyone who joined us today!!

Cheers,

Danielle

And the FINtastic sightings continue!

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We had another FINtastic trip this afternoon on the flood tide with some incredible finback sightings off Blacks Harbour.  We spent over an hour with three large whales who were feeding in the area.

Here are some photos from today

Finback whale

Finback whale

Fin whale

Fin whale

Fin whale off Pea Point Light

Fin whale off Pea Point Light

Finback

Finback

blow of a fin whale

blow of a fin whale

Finback

Finback

Finback

Finback

herring seiner leaving Blacks Harbour

herring seiner leaving Blacks Harbour

We only had one whale watch again today as our morning departure was another charter and not a whale watch.

Thanks again for checking in and thanks to everyone who has joined us aboard the Quoddy Link this season so far!

Cheers,

Danielle

Finbacks, minkes, a Mola mola and FOG! – September 18 & 19, 2015

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Hello everyone, Danielle with Quoddy Link Marine here with some updates from the past 2 days.

Yesterday we had some amazing sightings of finbacks on both departures in the same areas as the day before.  The whales again were feeding quite actively on herring and we got some great looks.

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Fin whale

Fin whale

Fin whale

Fin whale

Fin whale

Fin whale

Fin whale

Fin whale

Fin whale surfacing

Fin whale surfacing

Fin whale

Fin whale

Fin whale

Fin whale

Fin whale surfacing

Fin whale surfacing

On our morning departure yesterday we had a fantastic sighting of a Mola mola or ocean sunfish.  The ocean sunfish is the largest bony fish in the world and can weigh more than 1000 kg.  They swim by alternating the movements of their dorsal and anal fins and they eat jellyfish.

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Mola mola

Mola mola

Mola mola

Mola mola

Mola mola

Today, September 19, we only had one departure in the afternoon (our boat was chartered in the morning and it was not a whale watcr) and we spent time in Head Harbour Passage off Windmill Point with 3 minke whales.  The minkes were lunge feeding on herring..some of the best minke whale lunge feeding I have seen,  It was quite foggy today and a SW wind, we tried to locate the fins but didn’t have any luck.  No photos today because of the fog.

Thanks so much for checking in,

Cheers,

Danielle

And the FINtastic sightings continue… – September 17, 2015

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Hello everyone, it’s Danielle with Quoddy Link Marine with some sightings updates from the past 2 days.  We have had some of the best fin whale sightings of the seasons yesterday and today with as many as 5 whales feeding in the area between Bliss Island and Blacks Harbour.  Hopefully the food will stay strong in the area and the sightings like today will continue.

Here are some photos from today

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Fin whale off Bliss

Fin whale off Bliss

pair of fin whales

pair of fin whales

fin whale

fin whale

fin whale approaching the Quoddy Link

fin whale approaching the Quoddy Link

blow of a finback

blow of a finback

watching fin whales from the lower deck of the Quoddy Link

watching fin whales from the lower deck of the Quoddy Link

finback

finback

look at the gorgeous markings on this finback

look at the gorgeous markings on this finback

scarring on the caudal peduncle

scarring on the caudal peduncle

blow of a fin whale

blow of a fin whale

Still lots of porpoise in the area and the bald eagle and seal sightings continue to be great.

Thanks for checking in today!

Cheers,

Danielle