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Beautiful weather and whales – July 10-15, 2018

Hello everyone, wee have been having some lovely weather here in St. Andrews and the whale watching has continued to be fantastic with finback and minke whales.  There are more and more porpoise around, we are seeing more krill (food for whales and other wildlife) in the water and detecting more fish in the traditional feeding grounds.  The young birds are growing quickly and the seals are as curious as ever.

Here are some images from the past few days

Finback whale Taken from the Fundy Odyssey

Watching seals from the Fundy Odyssey

Finback whale and an aquaculture boat

Finback whale

minke whale, Breadknife

Finback whale

nesting black-legged kittiwakes

nesting black-legged kittiwakes

blow of a finback Taken from the Fundy Odyssey

nesting black-legged kittiwakes

Thank You for checking in and remember to check out our facebook page for the most up to date sightings and lots of great whale info.

For information on reservations please give the office a call at 1-877-688-2600 or email Abby or Lisa at info@quoddylinkmarine.com

Cheers,

Danielle

Wonderful minke sightings – July 8-9, 2018

Good evening everyone, we have been having wonderful and consistent minke whale sightings on each and every departure and we are just starting to see finback whales in our area, hopefully they will feed more consistently over the next week or so.

Here are the sighting reports for the past few days.

Thank You to Tessa for the sightings on July 8

“10:00AM: A beautiful morning! Flat waters and sunny skies! Our tour started with some bald eagles flying along the islands and vocalizing, an awesome sound! We had a great look at some harbour and grey seals and then made our way to Whitehorse where we took a peek at the black-legged kittiwake colony! We had a puffin off the bow of our boat, a great look! We then stopped in Head Harbour to get a peek at Breadknife, a minke whale and he decided to swim quite close to us once, sealing the deal on an awesome morning!

1:30PM: The wind picked up a bit, but was still a bright day with warm weather! We made our way along and stopped at our favourite shore for some seal peeks and there were so many fuzzy faces looking back at us! We then headed right to Head Harbour where we watched two minke whales…on our way back to Whitehorse Island, a FIN WHALE came to the surface with a powerful blow! We had some fantastic looks at this massive mammal, and then headed home safe and sound to St. Andrews!”

And here are the sightings for July 9 and some pics too

10am: This morning we headed out through Little Letete Passage and stopped right away with seals at Black Ledge. Next we slowly made our way over towards Whitehorse to check out the nesting seabirds, the gull chicks are definitely getting bigger. After we headed towards the mouth of Head Harbour Passage where we spent time with three minke whales including Breadknife.

1:30pm: This afternoon the SW winds continued but it was calm and warmer in the Islands where we spent time with three minke whales including Slice! We also stopped with seals on the ledges off Casco and saw many porpoise in the Passage.

Minke, Breadknife

minke off Head Harbour Light

minke off Spruce Island

Slice off Head Harbour Light

Thank You to everyone who came aboard the catamaran the past few days and thank you for checking in to our updates,

Cheers,

Danielle

First Fin Whales of the 2018 Season

Good evening everyone, some exciting news, we had our first finback whales of the 2018 season on our afternoon departure today, July 7th!  We had to stretch our sea legs, travelling about 20 miles from St. Andrews to the tide rip off Long Eddy but we found 4 fin whales and at least 6 minkes in the area.  A huge thank you to our friends at Fundy Tide Runners for the help!

blow of a finback

fin whale

finback

finback

Thank You to everyone who joined us today!

Check back often for all of our sightings and call 1-877-688-2600 for reservations and information,

Cheers,

Danielle

Sightings Updates – June 28 – July 6, 2018

Good evening everyone!  We have been having some wonderful trips with minke whales in the Islands.  It’s been great to see some returning familiar minke whales like Breadknife and Slice as well.

There have been a lot of seals around, both harbour and grey as well as harbour porpoise.

The nesting gull colony on Whitehorse Island is doing great and there are a few bald eagle nests with young that are growing up so quick!

Here are a few images from the past few weeks

harbour seals

bald eagle enjoying breakfast

minke

minke

minke

Slice

minke

minke

harbour seals

Thank You to everyone who has joined us!

And thank you for all of the support on our fundraising trip on Canada Day for the St. Andrews Open Door Program, we raised over $800!

Remember for the most recent sightings check out our facebook page,

Cheers,

Danielle

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

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