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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

2014 in review….through video.

Hello everyone, it’s Danielle with Quoddy Link Marine.  As we gear up for another season I thought we could start the year off by taking a look back at some of the highlights of 2014 through video.

Let’s start in July where we had an incredibly rare and exciting sighting of a great white shark only 1 mile out of St. Andrews Harbour!  We were able to get photos and working with the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy our sighting has been added to their catalogue and the shark has been named “Quoddy”

Here is a video of our sighting, a BIG thanks to Dave Hannett for sharing this video

Nick also did an interview with CBC radio Shift about the sighting and you can check out the interview here

We had more great shark sightings in 2014 including basking sharks and porbeagles.  The Shark Identification Network on Grand Manan even did a blog post on our sightings and you should check that out here

OK, let’s move on from the white shark sighting and talk about minke whales.  We saw many minke whales through out the season, with minke whale sightings on almost every departure.  Minkes are not always the easiest to watch but they are so beautiful and we do have a particular minke whale in the area who is known for his acrobatics.  We spent time with Gonzo at the beginning of August while he was breaching many times.  Gonzo was first picked up by my co naturalist Nick while he was captaining a zodiac and he got this video

Here is a photo that I took when we arrived

Next I want to look at fin whales.  We had fewer finbacks in our area than previous years and they were later to arrive as well.  Most likely this was due to the lower amount of their preferred food, Atlantic herring, in the area possibly due to record warm temperatures from 2012.  In 2014 we did spend a few weeks with a very special mom and calf fin whale pair (one of three pairs we documented).  Not only was the calf incredibly beautiful with unique markings but this “little” one was very curious making many close inspections of the boat, not a behaviour you often see from finbacks.

Here is a photo of the mom and calf pair, it will be very exciting to see if this young whale returns to the area this summer.

Here is a video of the pair

Nick was also able to get some underwater footage of the calf!!

Now let’s move away from whales, we will come back to them, I promise, but I want to take a look at our incredible sightings of the Mola mola or ocean sunfish.  The Mola mola is the heaviest known teleost (bony fish) with a weight of more than 1000kg!  They are active swimmers and not passive, planktonic swimmers at the mercy of the oceans currents like once believed.  They move by simultaneously stroking their dorsal and anal fins (they lack a caudal fin altogether) and they make substantial vertical movements in the water column.  They are neutrally buoyant without a swimmer bladder due to a low-density subcutaneous gelatinous tissue.  This tissue does not compress with depth and has been reported in some deep sea fishes.  They live on a diet of nutrient-poor jellyfish so they must consume an immense amount to maintain their size.

Here is a video I took from the upper deck of the Quoddy Link

Here are 2 underwater videos that Nick took during 2014

OK, on to humpbacks, I would the say the favourite of many who join us on the water.  We didn’t have very many humpback sightings during 2014 but here is the breakdown
– On September 15th and 16th we spent time with a yearling humpback, the 2013 calf of Apex.  It’s very interesting to document this young whale in the Bay as Apex has never been recorded in Fundy.
– On September 7th, our annual offshore trip where we would hope to find right whales (no rights and hard to search due to weather) we found a trip of humpback; Foggy, Whistler and Vee
– On October 11th we found a pair of humpbacks, Froth and Lacuna.

Here is a video of the 2013 calf of Apex taken on September 16th,  This young whale was very active and we were lucky enough to catch the end of the activity.

OK, now on to the highlight of my season, and one of the top five moments in my 14 years with Quoddy Link Marine.  On October 11th we headed way offshore with a boatload of eager passengers looking for humpbacks and possibly right whales.  Well, we found humpbacks (Lacuna and Froth as I mentioned above) but we also found Old Thom, an adult male orca!!  Killer whale sightings in Fundy are rare but Old Thom has been seen in 2010, 2012 and 2014 off Grand Manan, NB as well as off Brier Island, NS.  This sighting is something I will never, ever forget, if you have ever doubted that the wild is the ONLY place where whales belong please watch this video and maybe you will think about it again.

I also did an interview with CBC radio NB Shift, please check out the interview here.  I get butterflies in my stomach when I think about this sighting and a huge smile comes across my face!

Thank You so much for checking in and reading our 2014 year in review by video.  Let me know if you enjoy reading this blog either here or on the facebook post, I love hearing back from our readers.

I can’t wait to start bringing you sightings from our 2015 season, it’s just around the corner!!

Cheers,
Danielle