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We don’t want the 2016 to end!! – October 11, 2016

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Hello all, Danielle here with Quoddy Link Marine!  WOW, this season continues to blow us away with incredible encounters with whales.  We are still seeing minke and/or finbacks on every trip and when we can get offshore we are still seeing one of the 2 young humpbacks in the area and we have even still had a few trips with lots of right whales!!

On October 7th we had an incredible encounter with the 2015 calf a Spoon, a young make humpback who has shown to be very curious of boats.  Check out the video!!

Also on October 7th we had the opportunity to see a 60 foot finback breach 4 times in Head Harbour Passage (this whale would weigh approximately 100 000 lbs). It was incredible and it is incredibly rare to see a finback breach, so happy we were able to capture it on video!

On Sunday, September 9th we had an amazing afternoon with north Atlantic right whales, with at least 10 individuals in the area.

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north Atlantic right whale

 

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north Atlantic right whales

Thank You for checking in!  We have daily departures scheduled until the 26th of October but times vary and every trip is weather dependent as well we need a minimum number of passengers.  Please call the office for information and reservations, 1-877-688-2600.

Cheers,

Danielle

2016 continues to be FINtastic!! – October 3, 2016

Hello everyone, Danielle with Quoddy Link Marine here!!  Again, sorry for not keeping this page more updated but as always please visit out Facebook page for daily updates!

This season has continued to be incredible, with whales sighted on each departure.  In the past 2 weeks we have been seeing finbacks and minkes on almost every departure and some departures with humpbacks and we are still seeing a few north Atlantic right whales but it seems like the copepod concentrations have diminished because when we see rights they are doing very long dives (15-39 minutes) and making big moves (more than 1 mile) making them impossible to safely watch.

Here is a fin whale video from September 25

On September 30th we had an emotional encounter with a young humpback.  The yearling was trapped in a herring weir for three days and that morning, after the fisherman lowered the top twine and whale rescue was able to lead the whale out, he spent over an hour breaching and flipper slapping.  I do my best not to put human emotions on wildlife but I don’t know what to say….this young whale just seemed to be celebrating, he seemed so happy to be free.

We have trips scheduled until the 26th of October but the times do vary so please call the office at 1-877-688-2600 for information and reservations!

Cheers,

Danielle

Breaching minke whale – August 22/16

Hello everyone, I shared a video but I also wanted to share some images from our experience on our evening departure on August 22.  This minke whale breached more than 50 times off Head Harbour, Campobello Island!  Thank You to the passengers who joined us and thank you to Captain Mat for extending our trip!!!

Breaching minke whale!

Good evening everyone, thanks so much for checking in with us at Quoddy Link Marine!

Sorry for not posting daily here but I always post daily sighting updates and photos on our Facebook page.

We have been seeing both minke and fin whales on our departures, seeing both species on most departures.  On August 14th on our afternoon departure our passengers were treated to a breaching minke whale, not a common sight to see!!

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breached so close to the boat I didn’t have time to zoom out. This image is not cropped

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minke whale who was doing all of the breaching

The bird life, seals and porpoise continue to be great!

Thanks so much for checking in,

Cheers,
Danielle

 

Fins and minkes for the second week of August – August 9/16

Good evening everyone, Danielle with Quoddy Link here!!

Our fin whale sightings have continued and for the past few days we have had success finding the fin whales on both the flood and ebb tides.

The activity in Head Harbour Passage continues with many minke whales and lots of harbour porpoise feeding in the area.

The seals are still great and the bald eagle sightings were incredible today on Nubble Island.

Here are some images from the past few days…

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Father and chick razorbill pair

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Fin whale

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Watching a fin whale from the lower deck of the Quoddy

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Fin whale blow

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Female grey seal

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Fin whale and fluke prints

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Fin whale and the Grand Manan Ferry

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Fin whale blow

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Fin whale surfacing

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Fin whale

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Fin whale in Back Bay

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harbour seal

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Head Harbour Light – filter added

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Finback whale

Thank You to everyone who has chosen to join us aboard the Quoddy Link!!

Cheers,

Danielle

The minke and fin whale sightings continue – July 25-August 5

Good evening everyone, our trips continue to be fantastic with both minke whale and finback whale sightings (species will vary with each departure).  The feeding groups of porpoise and seabirds are getting larger off the entrance to Head Harbour Passage and the seals are as popular as ever on every trip!

Here are some images from the past week and for more images please check out our Facebook page

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surfacing minke whale

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Bald Eagle

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Fin whale surfacing

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Harbour porpoise!! Check out the eye and the mouth

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minke whale, Breadknife

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male and female grey seals

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Photographing breadknife from the the lower deck of the Quoddy Link (I did get the passenger in the image on purpose)

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surface wave from a minke whale

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harbour and grey seals

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male and female grey seal

Thanks for checking in, and don’t forget to “like” our Facebook page for daily updates and photos!  I will try and post here as often as I can!!

Cheers,

Danielle

 

Amazing finback whales! – July 24/16

Here is our sightings report for July 24, 2016

10am: This morning we started off Adams with Slice, a minke whale. We got some great looks then headed off to Whitehorse to see some birds and Head Harbour Passage to look for porpoise and maybe a minke…we found 2 minkes! Then after the boat traffic cleared we made our way off Bliss to get a look at a finback, and while we were watching the fin we could see another fin whale blowing a few miles away and within 20 minutes that other whale had joined up with the first! We got some incredible looks.

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Slice, a minke whale

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Fin whale with Head Harbour Light in the background

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Second finback that showed up this morning.

1:30pm: This afternoon we had some of the best finback sightings of the season so far! Both fin whales were still in the area feeding heavily and they were not going far. They surfaced off our bow repeatedly and the water was so calm and with the sun shining we could see the whales right under the water before they surfaced. Amazing sightings!!

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Fin whale

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photographing a fin whale from the lower deck of the Quoddy Link. I did get the passenger in the photo on purpose

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Blow of a finback

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harbour porpoise

Thank you to everyone who joined us on the Quoddy Link today!

Cheers,

Danielle

Fin whale, minke and AMAZING porpoise – July 21/16

Here is the sightings update for today

SIGHTINGS UPDATE for July 21/16
10am: What a beautiful morning with some of the BEST porpoise sightings of the season. We started in Head Harbour Passage is flat calm waters and the sun was shining and the porpoise and birds were feeding on a bait ball! Amazing looks at these small cetaceans. We knew there was a fin whale close but we wanted to avoid the boat traffic so we spent time with a minke, Slice first then made our way to Bliss to see the finback.

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harbour porpoise

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Finback whale off Bliss

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Finback off Bliss

1:30pm: With the very start of the ebb we thought we would try and find the finback first. The wind had increased and the tide had turned so we had some sea to deal with but we everyone did wonderfully and we got some great looks at the large fin whale before heading over to Head Harbour where we found Slice the minke whale again.

We do have an evening departure, it’s just not back yet and I have not heard from the boat!

Thank you for checking in!!

Cheers,
Danielle

Fog, a finback and minkes – July 17-19, 2016

We have been spending time with the same large finback on the flood tide but right now he is a little hard to locate on the ebb.  There have been many minke whales sighted around and the number of harbour porpoise seems to be increasing.

Here are some images from the past few days

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minke whale

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Fin whale off Bliss

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Harbour seals

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Photographing harbour porpoise from the Quoddy Link

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Healing progression on a shark bite wound on a harbour seal.

Thanks for checking in.  I want to mention we are seeing lots of seabirds as well, the nesting is still very active on Whitehorse I just don’t have any images to share.  The young eaglets are still in the nest as well.

Cheers,

Danielle