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Whales and Wildlife, Catamaran Style

Author: Danielle Dion

Wednesday June 27, 2018

SIGHTINGS UPDATE
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
THANK YOU to Rika for the updates today!!
“Today we had a charter group in the morning that we took out. We stopped at Black Ledge and looked at 4 grey seals then quickly picked up a minke just between Hardwood and Adam Islands. The minke gave us a few good looks before it started doing longer dives. We moved off to look at Whitehorse Island where we could see a few gull chicks on the rocks. The black-legged kittiwakes were mostly on their nests today. We picked up another minke off Campobello and stayed with it for a bit but it started doing longer dives the closer we got to slack tide. We did pick up a couple of harbour porpoises in Head Harbour Passage then looked at a bald eagle on Spruce Island before heading home.

This afternoon we picked up porpoises while still in Passamaquoddy Bay and stopped to see seals on the way out. There was one seal on the ledge but there were several more in the surrounding water. We started out slowly to see if we could find a minke in the area and we found one off White Island. It wasn’t very easy to watch and as the boat traffic increased we moved on to take a look in Head Harbour Passage. We found another minke but he was also difficult to watch, sometimes whales are just much more interested in searching for food than anything else. We did catch up with another pod of porpoises and got some nice looks. Before heading back, we stopped and looked at a bald eagle and stopped again with the seals as the tide had begun to ebb and more shoals were exposed for the seals to haul out. ”

Thanks again to Rika for the updates, I will be back on the water soon myself and I can’t wait to get out there!
Cheers,
Danielle

Sunday June 24, 2018

SIGHTINGS UPDATE
Sunday, June 24, 2018
Thank You to Rika for todays update
“For today’s trip we stopped to look at harbour and grey seals on our way out. Then we moved off to see White Horse island where we could see many gull chicks standing around on the island. The black-legged kittiwake colony was still there although it looks like fewer were actually sitting on nests. The numerous others were kinda hanging around the water’s edge. From there we made our way slowly over to East Quoddy Lighthouse and picked up a small minke just off Sandy Island. We followed it back over to Campobello and at one point it swam very close in front of us and gave the guests a wonderful view of its outline. We could see its mittens and the size of the tail with exceptional clarity. Amazing. After that it started getting harder to watch (so it’s time to let the whale be alone, it’s all about respect) so we moved over off Simpson to view a larger minke. We finished the trip with several great views of the whale moving slowly along with us off our port side and headed back in to St. Andrews. We hope all of our passengers had a really great time!”
Cheers,
Danielle 

Eaglets on Campobello

Harbour Porpoise

minke whale

minke whale

Sightings for June 21-22, 2018

Good evening everyone, we have been having some great sightings of minke whales the past few days, a really great way to start off our season!

SIGHTINGS UPDATE
Thursday June 21, 2018
We had a trip in the afternoon with a group of students from our local high school, Sir James Dunn Academy and they had a special trip with a spy hopping minke! Surface behaviour such as spy hopping and breaching is more common is charismatic humpbacks but you never know what you may see on the water.
Thanks to Dani for the update

Friday June 22, 2018
Thank You to Rika for todays sightings
“This morning we took a motor coach group out. We stopped to look at seals at Black Ledge, then moved off to White Horse island to see the black-legged kittiwake colony. One of the lobster boats drew alongside us when they hauled in a trap and we got some great looks at lobsters they held up. After that we quickly picked up an adult minke just between White Horse Island and Campobello and got some fantastic looks. A second minke showed up shortly after that. On our way by Head Harbour lighthouse, pods of porpoises joined us and we got some really great looks as the water was very clear today. We even saw a couple of baby porpoises! We spotted and watched 3 adult bald eagles, one juvenile and an eagle’s nest on Spruce island.
Our afternoon trip we took our passengers out and stopped by Black Ledge to look at the seals. We moved into the Campobello area and picked up a minke whale off Casco Bay. What a show! This minke got curious about us and actually swam up beside, behind, and under us. The water was so clear we could very easily pick out the minke mittens, see the girth of the whale and we could see the trail outline as well! We moved back up Campobello where we got some spectacular views of 2 eaglets in their nest and picked up a juvenile minke but he or she was very intent on long dives. We stopped at White Horse island to view the gulls before heading back in. On the way back through Little Letete Passage a bald eagle carrying another large bird flew by!”

Thank you to all of our passengers who have joined us so far for our 2018 season!
Cheers,
Danielle

Wednesday June 20, 2018

Thank you to John for the updates today!

SIGHTINGS UPDATE
Wednesday June 20, 2018
We spent this afternoon with a rather cooperative minke whale who we picked up off the mouth of Head Harbour Passage and followed up towards Wilson’s Beach. We also saw seals, bald eagles and a harbour porpoise.
Thank you to everyone who joined us today aboard the catamaran,
Cheers,
Danielle 

June 18 & 19, 2018

Good evening everyone, here is a sightings update from the past few days, I am still in Ottawa so thank you to John for the updates.  I will be out East in a few weeks!

SIGHTINGS UPDATE:
June 18 and 19, 2018
On June 18th we had a chartered trip with a motor coach tour group to Campobello Island with a nature cruise along the way. We were able to show our passengers minke whales in Head Harbour Passage as well as seals, porpoise before they visited The Roosevelt Campobello International Park. Our afternoon departure was cancelled due to weather.
Today, June 19th, we had an afternoon departure and unfortunately we were unable to locate any whales but we spent time with seals, porpoise and bald eagles. We hope all of our passengers enjoyed their time with us on the Bay of Fundy
Cheers,
Danielle 

First weekend of our 2018 Whale Watching Season – June 16-17, 2018

Hello everyone, we had a great first weekend on the water spending time with multiple minke whales on both Saturday and Sunday in Head Harbour Passage. We also saw both harbour and grey seals, harbour porpoise and bald eagles including a nest with a young eaglet on Campobello.

We are running one trip a day at 1:30pm until the end of June and then we add a morning departure at 10am with an evening trip added mid-July.

Cheers,
Danielle

male grey seal, thank you to Rika for the images

minke whale, thank you to Rika for the images

Our 2018 Season is Just Around the Corner!

Our 2018 season is just around the corner!

We officially start whale watching on Saturday, June 16th with daily departures at 1:30pm (morning and evening trip beginning in July as the season continues).

For more information on rates and schedules check out our website, give the office a call at 1-877-688-2600, email us at info@quoddylinkmarine.com or message me on facebook

We can’t wait to take you out on the Bay of Fundy

Cheers,

Danielle 

Time to say Good Bye to our 2017 season!

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As winds increase and the air temperature cools the time has come for the end of another season.  2017 was our 23rd season whale watching on the Bay of Fundy and just like every season, the wildlife never ceases to surprise. This year brought humpbacks to our part of the Bay, especially on the Wolves Bank.  We documented 22 individual humpbacks and they were here consistently from the end of July until the end of October.  We saw the return of some very familiar “faces” including Cork and Chevron and some new favourites like Sockeye, Tusk and Puppet.  There were minke whales amongst the inner islands but there was a noticeable decrease in the number of large finback whales in our area.

2017 was also full of heartache and loss as we are all still mourning the death of Joe Howlett, one of the founding members of the Campobello Whale Rescue Team.  Joe was killed while disentangling a North Atlantic right whale in the Gulf of St. Lawrence on July 10th, 2017.  Since June/17 there have been 17 documented dead NA right whales, this number is unprecedented and represents more than 3% of the the world wide population.   The known causes were blunt force trauma (caused by ship strikes) and chronic entanglement in fishing gear.  Steps are being taken to try and ensure the next feeding season  in the Gulf will be a safer place for right whales but with a shifting food source and many unknown factors only time will tell.

Thank You to all of our passengers who joined us on both the Quoddy Link and our new vessel, the Fundy Odyssey this season.  Your passion and enthusiasm for whales plays a huge part in us returning year after year.

If you have any questions about our upcoming 2018 season please contact us through Facebook or by email at info@quoddylinemarine.com

See you in 2018!!

Only one week left!! – October 6-15, 2017

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Hello everyone, Danielle here with Quoddy Link Marine!  We continue to have some great whale sightings but with any whale watching in the fall we need the weather.  There have been a few departures we have cancelled due to high winds.  But, when the weather allows and we are able to venture out offshore towards the Wolves Bank, the Owen Basin and the Grand Manan Channel we have found both humpbacks and/or fin whales on every trip!

Here are some images from the past 10 days

humpback

East Quoddy Head Light

The Fundy Odyssey watching a humpback

humpback

Chevron

humpback

Goblin

humpback (Goblin) breaching

humpback (Goblin) breaching

watching Goblin from the Quoddy Link

Goblin

Chevron approaching the Quoddy Link

Watching Goblin from the Quoddy Link

humpback

Goblin

fin whale

humpback

humpback, Chevron

fin whale

grey seals (female on left and male on right)

Thank You for checking in with us, if you are interested in joining us during our last week please give the office a call at 1-877-688-2600 or email us at info@quoddylinkmarine.com

Cheers,

Danielle