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Author: Danielle Dion

Multiple minkes and our first basking shark sighting of the season – July 13, 2015

Hello all, the minke whale sightings have become more consistent the past few days.  We have done a few searches of the offshore areas on good weather days but no signs of finbacks yet.  I keep in touch daily with our friends on Grand Manan at Whales n Sails to know what their sightings have been like and if there is any word of larger whales in our area.

Here are a few photos of the minkes we saw on July 13

 

minke

minke

minke

minke

We also had our first basking shark sighting of the 2015 season on July 13th!  Basking sharks are the second largest fish in the world and the most common shark we see in Fundy (not necessarily the most numerous but they are seen the most often because of their surface behaviour).

basking shark

basking shark

There have been some larger groups of grey seals around, especially at Black Ledge…and if you have been following the blog over the years you may know that I have a huge affection for all phocids but an extra special love of greys.

female grey seal

female grey seal

male grey seal

male grey seal

Male (right) and female (left) grey seal

Male (right) and female (left) grey seal

grey seals

grey seals

Thanks so much for checking in today,

Cheers,

Danielle

Welcome Back Slice – July 11, 2015

Hello everyone!!  We had a wonderful surprise this morning…our first sighting of Slice for the 2015 season!

Our first sighting of Slice for the 2015 season

Our first sighting of Slice for the 2015 season

We had a lovely day on the water all around with 3 minke whales in the morning and 2 minkes in the afternoon.  We also had lots of harbour porpoise and seals as well.  And Whitehorse is still filled with life, the gulls chicks are getting closer to fledging and we saw quite a few razorbills on the Horse today.

Thanks to everyone who joined us aboard the Quoddy Link!

Cheers,

Danielle

Beautiful minke whales – July 10, 2015

Good evening everyone, we had 2 wonderful trips today with one minke whale in the morning and 2 minkes in the afternoon.  I wanted to share some photos from our morning trip as we got some amazing looks at the special surface behaviour of the minke.  A minke will typically bring its entire rostrum out of the water as it surfaces, pushing the water forward and creating a wave.  It’s very unique and not always as visible as it was today.

minke whale surfacing, bringing his entire rostrum out of the water

minke whale surfacing, bringing his entire rostrum out of the water

minke whale

minke whale

The rarely seen blow of a minke whale

The rarely seen blow of a minke whale

minke whale

minke whale

minke

minke

Minke whale surfacing

Minke whale surfacing

minke whale

minke whale

We also saw lots of seals and porpoise, seabirds and eagles (the young eaglets were strengthening their flight muscles today…lots of flapping of their wings).  There was also lots of food in the water, both fish and krill!

Thanks for checking in today!

Cheers,

Danielle

The first 3 weeks of our 2015 season

Good evening everyone, this is Danielle back with Quoddy Link Marine for a 14th season on the Bay of Fundy!  Welcome to our NEW website and our NEW blog!  I hope you enjoy and comments and questions are always welcome.

Well, this season has started off a little slow in the whale department and this has been the trend across the entire Bay of Fundy, everything just seems to be a little late from the harsh winter that the Maritimes experienced.  We have been seeing minke whales and the sightings are becoming more consistent everyday as well as the feed in the water seems to be increasing.  Here are some photos of the minkes we have seen so far this season.

Minke whale - July 9/15

Minke whale – July 9/15

Minke whale and lobster buoy  July 1/15

Minke whale and lobster buoy July 1/15

Minke whale - July 9/15

Minke whale – July 9/15

The seal sightings have been great with large numbers of both harbour and grey seals being sighted on almost every departure.  And the number of harbour porpoise in the area is also increasing daily.

Harbour seals

Harbour seals

Harbour seal

Harbour seal

The life in Whitehorse Island is wonderful as nesting season is in full swing.  Don’t forget to check out Nick’s bird sightings page from the drop down menu above where he talks about everything avian in much more detail.

Herring gull and chicks

Herring gull and chicks

Herring gull chick

Herring gull chick

Bald eagles are a highlight for many of our guests and we are lucky enough to have a nest with 2 eaglets this season we can very easily show our passengers at any time of the tide.

Juvenile bald eagle with herring gull chick in its talons being chased by an adult herring gull

Juvenile bald eagle with herring gull chick in its talons being chased by an adult herring gull

2 eaglets in the nest

2 eaglets in the nest

Thank You so much for checking in and the posts here will be much more regular now that the season is in full swing.

Cheers,

Danielle