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Month: August 2017

Another amazing day with humpbacks – August 15, 2017

Hello everyone, Danielle back with another update, this time from Jolinne and Ashley!  Thank You Ladies for keeping us all up to date!

August 15th, 2017

The morning departure we headed off into the fog to the Wolves Bank. Once we got there we spent some with a humpback mom and calf pair, Motley and her 2017 calf. These two were never diving for long or moving very far. We then moved on to a trio of humpbacks; Bungee and her 2017 calf that was joined by Ridgeline (I called this whale, “the one with the black tail”). We saw Ridgeline back in 2011! It’s always great to see whales that we haven’t seen in awhile come back to the area. On our way home, two other humpbacks surfaced near the boat, however we didn’t spend time with them.

The afternoon departure we once again headed off to the Banks. The fog seemed to be even thicker than it was in the morning, however, it did end up clearing. There were 5 fin whales; 2 pairs and a single, feeding in the area. We also spent time with a trio of humpbacks; Bungee and her 2017 calf and Ridgeline. Then there was a huge breach and I lost track of everything else… Puppet decided to breach and tail slap for quite some time. Motley and her 2017 calf were also seen in the distance.

The evenings departure report is brought to you by Ashley “Mom and calf humps, multiple other humps – breach, tail lobbing!!! A group of Fin whales really close ūüôā” Another amazing trip on the Bay of Fundy!

Thanks to everyone that joined us on these departures!

trio of humpbacks

Puppet

Puppet

Puppet

Bungee and her 2017 calf

Bungee and her 2017 calf

2017 calf of Bungee

Bungee

Puppet

trio of humpbacks

humpback

breach close to the Quoddy Link

humpback

Ridgeline. We saw Ridgeline back in 2011, the tail has matured a lot and was not an easy match. THANK YOU to Laurie from the Grand Manan Whale and Seabird Research Station for the help!

Thank You for checking in here!!  Check back often for lots of updates!

Cheers,
Danielle

 

An Odyssey Charter – August 14, 2017

Hello everyone, it’s Danielle here with another update brought to you by Jolinne! ¬†This one is from a charter on our new Zodiac-style boat, The Fundy Odyssey.

August 14th, 2017 Odyssey Trip

The Odyssey has been on the water off and on now for the past month. It has been used as an “over flow” boat to take passengers out for a regular whale watch. It is also available to be chartered for a small group. That’s what we had this morning, a six-hour charter.

They wanted to see the area and wildlife, so we started off with seals on the ledge. Swung by Green’s Point Light, made our way to Southern Wolf, were we had more seals. From there we made our way to the Wolves Bank. Once on the Bank we found a humpback mom and calf pair, Motley and her 2017 calf, while watching the two, we had a basking shark breach in the distance and within 30 seconds the calf breached right next to us! There was two other humpbacks in the distance and also a few fin whales in the distance. From there we made our way to the shore of Grand Manan Island, seen The Whistle and Swallowtail Light. We then returned to the Bank. Things changed a little, Puppet (humpback) was now traveling with Motley and her calf, and we ended up getting a good tail slap from Puppet. We got amazing looks at 3 fin whales traveling together and ended up getting a quick look at Chevron and Tusk (humpbacks) which were not traveling together. We then made our way to Campobello Island and seen the East Quoddy Head Light, seen two minke whales and lots of harbour porpoises! On our way home we stopped into the Old Sow!

Motley + 2017 calf

Puppet with Motley + 2017 calf

Motley

Chevron

Puppet

Humpback (fin in background)

Puppet

Greater shearwater

Puppet

Herring weir

Fin whales

Swallowtail Light

Long Eddy Light (The Whistle)

East Quoddy Head Light

bald eagle

the Old Sow

minke whale (and a porpoise)

Greens Point Light

red-necked phalaropes

Thank You for checking in and if you are interested in chartering The Odyssey for a special trip please give the office a call at 1-877-688-2600 or email Lisa at info@quoddylinkmarine.com for more information!

Cheers,

Danielle

Humpbacks on the Bank – August 13th & 14th, 2017

Good evening everyone, it’s Danielle back with some more updates thanks to Jolinne!!

August 13th, 2017

The morning departure they made their way down to the Wolves Bank and was able to watch a mom and calf humpback whale and a fin whale.

The afternoon departure stayed in the Islands and watched a minke whale. They were also able to find two fin whales off of Bliss Island.

The evening departure they had six humpbacks and 3 fin whales off the Wolves Bank. Tusk (a humpback) was also out there doing his “Tusk Twist”!

 

August 14, 2017

I’m not even sure how to describe today’s trips…

The morning departure they had 4 fin whales and 5 humpbacks, which included Motley and her 2017 calf and Tusk.

The afternoon departure they had 6 humpbacks and 4 fin whales.

The evening departure, I was finally on the catamaran, we had 3 fin whales and at least 8 humpbacks!!! I was able to ID, Bungee and her 2017 Calf, Motley and her 2017 Calf, Chevron, Cork, Puppet, Tusk. It wasn’t calm out on the bank, but thankfully we didn’t really need to move around, these humpbacks were surfacing everywhere and multiples at the surface at once. I’d like to think we seen them all, but as much as they weren’t far, they were switching direction a lot. We pretty much seen it all tonight; the “Tusk Twist”, breaching, flipper slapping, tail slapping. We also had Motley’s calf for 15+ minutes, breaching, tail slapping and flipping slapping…. I’m going to leave it at that.

CORK!! My all-time favourite humpback. So happy she is back in Fundy!

Chevron

Bungee

Bungee

Motley + 2017 calf

2017 calf of Motley

2017 calf of Motley

Motley

Tusk

Tusk and Puppet

Always make the time to stop with seals (harbour seals)

Thanks to everyone that joined us on these departures!

Thanks for checking in with us here!

Cheers,

Danielle

Humpbacks on the Bank – August 12, 2017

Good evening again everyone, thanks for checking back in with us!  Danielle here again bringing you another update from the Quoddy Link thanks to Jolinne.

August 12, 2017
On the morning departure they made their way to the Wolves Bank and spent time with at least 3 fin whales before returning home.

The afternoon departure we were on our way out towards the bank when a fin whale crossed our path. So we stopped, turned around and stayed inshore. At first this whale was traveling at higher speeds, arching very high but surfacing quite frequently. Once it made its way towards Blacks Harbour it found its food and the behaviour completely changed. It was then surfacing very low, never arching, but not diving for long as the fish were near the surface and plentiful. We spent some time with this whale as it was very easy to watch.

The evening departure we were making our way towards the Wolves Bank, when once again a fin whale surfaced. We slowed down for it and we then had a humpback surface right it its spot. It’s not often we’ll leave both a fin whale and a humpback (Spoon’s 2015 calf) inshore, however, Tide Runners informed us that there were more whales offshore. So we kept going and found 3 humpbacks traveling side-by-side and there was also a fin whale in the area. Passengers were excited for the fin whale, I may have been distracted with the humpbacks. We did spend most of the time with Partition, Puppet and Tusk and got to see the “Tusk Twist”!

Thanks again to everyone that joined us on these departures!

humpback

2015 calf of Spoon

humpback pectoral flipper

humpbacks

humpback

Puppet

humpback (and storm petrels)

humpback playing in rockweed

humpbacks

humpbacks

humpbacks (Partition’s fluke)

Humpbacks (Puppet’s fluke)

greater shearwater

Tusk

the “Tusk Twist”

Make sure to check out the VIDEO on our Facebook page of the Partition, Puppet and Tusk (including the “Tusk Twist”) posted by our passenger¬†Annette Grey-Jackson.

Thanks again for checking in with us today!

Cheers,

Danielle

Fins, humpback, RIGHT whale – August 11, 2017

Good evening everyone, here is another update from the Quoddy Link thanks to Jolinne, sounds like they had an amazing day!

August 11, 2017
The morning departure was quite foggy and we took Western Passage to get into the Islands. It was actually quite clear in the Islands and we were able to send some time with a well-known minke whale, Breadknife. This whale was feeding in the area and never moved very far. After some great looks we made our way towards more the open Bay to see if the fog had cleared… it hadn’t and was still super thick and wet! We turned around and we were able to get some quick looks at a second minke whale. We also spent time playing in the Old Sow. It was nice to show the passengers the Old Sow at the beginning of the trip when it wasn’t running very hard and then again at the end when the power of the tides had really kicked in!

the Old Sow

Boneparte gulls

harbour seals

minke whale

minke whale, Breadknife

The afternoon departure we ended up covering a lot of ground! As it was still foggy we once again took Western passage and found a minke whale who ended up in the Old Sow. Once the boat traffic got to much around this whale, we left to see what else we could find. We went along Campobello Island, towards Bliss Island, Blacks Harbour and then got a call that there were a few whales out by Eastern Wolf, so out we went. We were able to watch a fin whale and we were also lucky enough to get a great look to a North Atlantic right whale! This once again was a younger individual.

North Atlantic right whale

North Atlantic right whale

North Atlantic right whale

North Atlantic right whale

large finback whale

finback whale

The evening departure we made our way our to Eastern Wolf, hoping that things hadn’t changed much from the afternoon. We always know that whales will move around quite a bit. We started off with a minke whale and had a large, slow-moving fin whale surface near us and it wasn’t arching or diving for very long. Problem was I quickly got distracted as we also had a humpback whale surface even closer. This is the 3rd individual we’ve seen, however this one will hopefully stay! Welcome back Spoon’s 2015 calf! This young humpback was seen most of last summer and was spotted earlier this season off the coast of Massachusetts. We are quite excited to see that he has returned!

humpback

humpback

humpback, 2015 calf of Spoon

humpback

humpback

Thanks again to everyone that joined us today on these departures!

And thank you for checking in with us here on our website!

Cheers,

Danielle

Amazing August sightings – August 8-10, 2017

Hello everyone, it’s Danielle back with some more updates from Fundy brought to you by Jolinne.

August 8th, 2017
This morning departure we made our way towards Bliss Island and spent time searching the area for a fin whale. We didn’t have any luck so we continued on towards Southern Wolf, until we got a radio call saying that a fin whale had shown up where right where we were. So we turned around and spent some time with a single fin whale that was doing tight circles while feeding. There was a lot of fish near the surface so the whale never really needed to dive down deep to find any food.

Both the afternoon and evening departures we made our way to Eastern Wolf and spent time with a feeding fin whale. While the whale was feeding there were also harbour porpoises, greater shearwaters and a few northern gannets in the area.

August 9th, 2017
The morning departure began with two fin whales off Blacks Harbour. We didn’t stay long as they were doing longer dive and there were a few boats already in the area. We also got a report that there were two other fin whales by Southern Wolf. So we made our way and spent time mainly watching one fin as the other always seemed to keep its distance.

The afternoon departure we stayed in the Islands, however while searching, we seen a large splash to the side of us. We don’t know what was it was, and we didn’t expect it to happen again, it did, but it was fast…. was it a basking shark? right whale? large tuna??? We can’t decide. In the end we quickly seen a minke whale and then spent time with Slice, a second minke whale, and a favourite among whale watchers in the area.

The evening departure we returned to the Islands and found a minke whale. It wasn’t easy to watch. Lots of harbour porpoises were seen and while we were making our way home we ended up finding a fin whale. That whale came right to us and ended up coming up right behind us! We all got a great view of the white patch on the lower right jaw .

August 10th, 2017
On all three departures they were able to eventually spend time with a fin whale. It sounded like it wasn’t always easy to watch; sometimes we need to remind our selves that they’re not here for our entertainment but they are here to feed and we are lucky to be able to spend time with them while they are here. While searching they were able to spend time with harbour porpoises and seals while in the Islands and there been lots of bald eagles around.

Thank You to everyone who joined us over the past few days and thank you for checking in with us! ¬†Don’t forget LIKE our Facebook page for the most up to date Fundy whale information all year long!

Cheers,

Danielle

A RIGHT amazing afternoon – August 7, 2017

Good evening everyone, here is a special update brought to you from Jolinne!

August 7th, 2017
On the morning departure we made our way towards Bliss Island to see if there was a fin whale in the area, as there was one there yesterday hiding in the fog. Within no time we did spot the fin whale and got some great looks. Quickly, a second individual came out of nowhere and was traveling at high speeds; it came in the area, left and we lost sight of it. That whale demonstrated the speed these animals can reach.

The afternoon departure we went straight towards Eastern Wolf. On our way there we very quickly stopped with a minke whale, before continuing on. Once at Eastern Wolf, we had two fin whales feeding in the area. Then a North Atlantic right whale surfaced right next to the boat! If you have been following our post about this species, they are have a tough time (to say the least) and they have been in the news a lot. Many of our passengers knew about the 10 deaths and how rare these whales are, ~500 individuals. This is our 2nd right whale sighting of the season and it was a great one! The whale surface and came straight for the boat, we got great looks at this young individual before it dove and raised its tail. With all the bad news surrounding this species, it was extra special to see this young individual which seemed healthy looking and had no scaring on its body or tail stock from being entangled!
Any hockey fans?1? If so, this afternoon was our first hat trick!

The evening departure we took a chance and returned to Eastern Wolf. The winds had picked up and it was a bit of a rocky ride out, but once we got to the island, it was a lot calmer. We found a fin whale that was pretty easy to watch, towards the end, the whale was just slowly traveling along the island.

Thanks to everyone that joined us today on these departures!

North Atlantic right whale

North Atlantic right whale

North Atlantic right whale

North Atlantic right whale

North Atlantic right whale

juvenile northern gannet

feeding northern gannets

fin whale

fin whale

fin whale

harbour and grey seals

grey seals

Thank You for checking in with us today!

Cheers,

Danielle

Fin, minkes and some fog – August 6, 2017

Good evening everyone, Danielle back with another update from the Quoddy Link thanks to Jolinne!

August 6th, 2017
The morning departure began with some foggy conditions, however, with the little bit of wind we did have it cleared up the area offshore. We made our way to the Wolves Bank to see if we could find a fin whale. We didn’t find a fin whale, but instead two minke whales which were almost traveling side by side. It’s not common to find two minke whales traveling together. We eventually left these two whales and returned inshore to see if there may be and fin whale off Bliss Island; which there was!

The afternoon departure we went straight to Eastern Wolf. There was a feeding fin whale in the area and we were able to get some great looks.

The evening departure we once again made our way towards Eastern Wolf, however before we got there, the fin whale we watched in the afternoon was slowly moving towards Blacks Harbour. We were able to stay with this whale for some time, as it was slowly traveling and not doing long dives.

Thanks to everyone that joined us today on these departures!

explosive blow from a finback

fin whale

finback whale

fin whale

fin whale

seals and a bald eagle

fin whale

harbour seals

fin whale

Thank You for checking in today!

Cheers,

Danielle

Minkes, minkes, minkes – August 4th & 5th, 2017

Hello everyone, I’m back with some more updates from the water thanks to Jolinne!

August 4th, 2017

Minkes, minkes, minkes! Today on all three departures we stayed in the islands and watched multiple minke whales. There were lots of harbour porpoises seen, spent some time with seals. Considering were we inshore in the islands there were still lots of bird species; northern gannets, razorbills, phalaropes, Bonaparte gulls and terns (arctic and common). We even had a female peregrine falcon sitting next to East Quoddy Head Light.

Bonaparte’s gulls

Slice, minke whale

harbour and grey seals at low tide

minke whale

female peregrine falcon off Head Harbour Light

arctic tern

minke whale

young male grey seal

August 5th, 2017

The morning and the afternoon departures were spent in the Islands and they spent time watching multiple minke whales.

The evening departure they decided to go looking further offshore towards the Wolf Islands and the Wolf Bank. No whales were sighted out there, they returned inshore near Campobello Island and were still unable to find a whale.

Thank you to everyone who joined us on all of these departures and thank you for checking in with us here!

Cheers,

Danielle

Fins on the Bank – August 3, 2017

Hello everyone, thanks so much for checking back in! ¬†It’s Danielle with Quoddy Link here bringing you another update from the field from Jolinne.

August 3rd, 2017
The morning’s departure we made our way straight off to the Wolves Bank. We had once again two fin whales in the area, however only one was the same from yesterday. Always interesting to see a familiar whale paired with a different individual.

The afternoon’s departure we did the same thing, straight to the Wolves Bank. There were no fin whales where we have been seeing them, however we did eventually find one at the edge of the bank. This fin whale was slowmoving and doing longer dives. We did eventually get a great close look at it before the fog shut in and the wind picked up. We then made our way into the islands and watched a minke whale for a quick series.

great comparison between a female grey seal (middle) and 2 male grey seals

female greys and harbour seals

herring weir

fin whale

seals

minke whale

finback whale

Thank You to everyone who joined us aboard the Quoddy Link!

Cheers,

Danielle