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Another FINtastic mid-October afternoon – October 15, 2015

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WOW…another FINtastic day whale watching out of St. Andrews with 2 large finbacks feeding and working their way along the contour lines off Bliss Island. We got some amazing looks at the whales and just caught the end of the feeding as the tide began to slack off.

Fin whale

Fin whale

pair of fins off Bliss Island

pair of fins off Bliss Island

large blow from a finback whale

large blow from a finback whale

beautiful pair of fin whales

beautiful pair of fin whales

pair of fins

pair of fins

fin whale showing lower white, right jaw

fin whale showing lower white, right jaw

Fin whale

Fin whale

helping a passenger take a promotional video on the bow of the Quoddy Link

helping a passenger take a promotional video on the bow of the Quoddy Link

helping a passenger take a promotional video

helping a passenger take a promotional video

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We also spent time up Head Harbour Passage with a large group of feeding harbour porpoise and the bald eagles along the Campobello shoreline.

pair of great cormorants

pair of great cormorants

Gulls feeding in Head harbour Passage.  At the bottom of the image you can see the bait ball of herring as a dark spot in the water

Gulls feeding in Head harbour Passage. At the bottom of the image you can see the bait ball of herring as a dark spot in the water

gulls were not the only ones interested in feeding on the herring

gulls were not the only ones interested in feeding on the herring

harbour porpoise

harbour porpoise

harbour porpoise, check out the dorsal fin, looks like this little one survived an attack from a predator, maybe a shark

harbour porpoise, check out the dorsal fin, looks like this little one survived an attack from a predator, maybe a shark

THANK YOU to everyone who joined us aboard the Quoddy Link today, it’s so great to finish a season strong but it makes us never want to get off the water.
Cheers,
Danielle

Finners on the flood tide – October 14, 2015

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With a morning trip on the flood tide we were hopeful we would possibly be able to find some finbacks off Bliss Island…..and we did as well as lots of feed in the water! The two whales were working their way back and forth along the contour lines feeding on what looked to be herring. We got some great looks! Also had lots of bald eagles along the Campobello shoreline and some feeding groups of harbour porpoise.

Fin whale

Fin whale

Fin whale

Fin whale

Fin whale

Fin whale

Fin whale

Fin whale

Fin whale

Fin whale

Beautiful fin whale

Beautiful fin whale

Fin whale

Fin whale

Fin whale

Fin whale

Fin whale

Fin whale

Harbour porpoise in Head Harbour Passage

Harbour porpoise in Head Harbour Passage

THANK YOU to everyone who joined us today!!
Cheers,
Danielle

North Atlantic right whale UPDATE

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UPDATE: One of the right whales, the whale with all of the scars, has been IDed as Eg4057, a male born in 2010 to Eg3157, who is a female born in 2001 to Eg1157, Moon. Eg 4057 has never been sighted in the Bay of Fundy before to my knowledge but was sighted on August 15, 2015 in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. I have also included a sketch of Eg4057 from the NEAq right whale catalog and if you want to learn more about Eg4057 and his sighting history and see more photos check out the catalog online http://rwcatalog.neaq.org/Default.aspx

Eg4057

Eg4057

I will keep you posted and let you know if I hear about the ID of the other whale,

Cheers,

Danielle

Another FINtastic October afternoon – October 10, 2015

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Another FINtastic October day on the Bay of Fundy! This afternoon we watched 2 fin whales off Bliss Island (one was the same individual as yesterday). They were socializing again and to watch one 60 foot whale apparently chase another 60 foot whale is something to see! We also saw Slice off Spruce Island very briefly.

photographing fin whales from the lower deck

photographing fin whales from the lower deck

Fin whale

Fin whale

Fin whale

Fin whale

The eagles along the Campobello shoreline were amazing today again as 30+ birds lined the 1 mile section of the Island.

Adult bald eagle

Adult bald eagle

Just a small sample of what the shoreline of Campobello looks like this time of year.

Just a small sample of what the shoreline of Campobello looks like this time of year.

And we also got some amazing looks at harbour seals on the ledges off Casco Bay.

harbour seal

harbour seal

harbour seal

harbour seal

harbour seal

harbour seal

Thank You to everyone who joined us today on the catamaran.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Cheers,

Danielle

FINtastic October sightings! – October 9, 2015

We had one trip today, this morning on the end of the flood and beginning of the ebb. We made our way off Bliss to search and as we were heading towards the Wolves I spotted 2 blow towards Blacks Harbour! Two large fin whales feeding and socializing, a FINtastic sighting!!

Fin whale with the Wolves in the background

Fin whale with the Wolves in the background

Fin whale

Fin whale

Fin whale

Fin whale

Fin whale

Fin whale

We also found 2 minke whales in the Happy Hunting Ground and so many bald eagles on Campobello and Casco Bay Island.

bald eagle on Campobello

bald eagle on Campobello

Bald eagle on Campobello

Bald eagle on Campobello

Thank you to everyone who joined us today!!
Cheers,
Danielle

Slice and a finback, a beautiful October afternoon – October 8, 2015

We decided to take a run off into the Grand Manan channel this afternoon just to see if we could find those right whales from yesterday, it was a beautiful day with light NWs so we took the run out. Unfortunately we did not find any whales out there so we ran back inside and found Slice, a familiar minke whale off Race Rock.

Slice

Slice

Slice off White Island, note the unused herring weir in the background

Slice off White Island, note the unused herring weir in the background

As we were watching Slice in the Happy Hunting Ground Nick spotted a blow towards the Horse. We waited and were rewarded with a few great looks at a large fin whale!

Finback

Finback

Finback off Spruce Island

Finback off Spruce Island

Thank You to everyone who decided to join us on the catamaran this afternoon!!
Cheers,
Danielle

RIGHT GOOD…RIGHT AMAZING!! – October 7, 2015

RIGHT GOOD…RIGHT AMAZING!!! This morning we had the privilege to spend time with 2 endangered North Atlantic right whales in the Grand Manan channel. Our morning started with Slice, a very familiar minke whale off Whitehorse Island but thanks to a text from a good friend (who saw a right whale breach along the Campobello shoreline from the Grand Manan ferry!) we decided to go searching. Nick spotted a blow about 4 miles across the channel towards Grand Manan so we went looking and were we ever happy we did!! To spend time with these 2 whales was incredible and if you take the time to look at the photos notice the unique features of right whales including the spatula shaped flippers and the v-shaped blow. Also notice that one of the whales has a lot of scarring oll over the body…it is estimated that ~85% of all NA rights have scars from entanglement in fishing gear and/or ship strikes. I am hoping to get an ID on these whales from the NEAq right whale research team ASAP and I will be sure to post that info here. This afternoon we did head out to see if we could locate them again but didn’t have any luck but we did find 2 minke whales in the tide rip off Long Eddy.

right whale belly up with both pecs in view

right whale belly up with both pecs in view

one of many scars

one of many scars

pec flipper

pec flipper

pec

pec

pecs

pecs

pair of rights

pair of rights

North Atlantic right whale

North Atlantic right whale

North Atlantic right whale

North Atlantic right whale

North Atlantic right whale

North Atlantic right whale

North Atlantic right whale

North Atlantic right whale

North Atlantic right whale

North Atlantic right whale

pair of North Atlantic right whales

pair of North Atlantic right whales

pair of North Atlantic right whales

pair of North Atlantic right whales

pair of North Atlantic right whales

pair of North Atlantic right whales

pair of North Atlantic right whales

pair of North Atlantic right whales

right whale, look at those scars

right whale, look at those scars

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right

right whale

right whale

right whale

right whale

right whale

right whale

right whale

right whale

right whale

right whale

right whale

right whale

Slice off Whitehorse

Slice off Whitehorse

THANK YOU to everyone who joined us today aboard the Quoddy Link!!
Cheers,
Danielle

NOTE: all photos were taken in Canadian waters and have also been cropped

2 male and 1 female grey

2 male and 1 female grey

Simply amazing October weather and a breaching minke whale – October 6, 2015

Good evening everyone!!

Another incredible day on the Bay of Fundy!! The weather was amazing, especially for this time of year. We had to be patient with the tide today, but as we let it flood we spent time with seals, porpoise and bald eagles. Over an hour into the flood we found 2 minke whales off Wilndmill Point, one decided to get quite curious in the boat and then breach 2 times (no photos from me but a passenger is hoping to send me one). We also found Slice on the way home off Race Rock.

minke whale

minke whale

minke whale

minke whale

Double crested cormorants on Race Rock

Double crested cormorants on Race Rock

Thank You so much to everyone who joined us today, just wonderful to have a full boat this late in the season!!
Cheers,
Danielle

Beautiful October day with minkes – October 5, 2015

Hello everyone, today was just a beautiful fall day on the Bay of Fundy. We spent time with minke whales on both departures today including Slice in the afternoon.

minke

minke

minke

minke

minke

minke

minke, Slice

minke, Slice

minke, Slice

minke, Slice

We also took a big run offshore on our 1pm departure to check out the Wolves Bank for larger whales but unfortunately did not find anything (but you never know unless you make the effort to look). We saw harbour porpoise and bald eagles as well on both trips.

And of course seals, both harbours and greys…but again I seem to always gravitate towards the greys…

female grey seal

female grey seal

male grey seal looking rather relaxed

male grey seal looking rather relaxed

one male and two female greys

one male and two female greys

male and female grey seals

male and female grey seals

Thank You to everyone who joined us on the catamaran today!

Cheers,

Danielle

Lots of wind but still lots of wildlife – September 29 – October 4, 2015

Good evening everyone.  We have had some serious wind in the area for the past week so we had a break from the water but I do have some updates to share from September 29th (and then we had a lot of wind) and October 4th.

On September 29th we had three departures (2 charters and one regular whale watch) on the Bay of Fundy. We spent time with minke whales on all three trips and on the evening  we were out with a large group from the Huntsman Marine Science Centre we found 2 large finbacks off Head Harbour Light on the ebb tide (no photos of the fins)! The eagles continue to be incredible along the Campobello shoreline and we saw lots of porpoise and seals all day

minke, Slice

minke, Slice

minke

minke

minke

minke

It was so great to be back on the water today, October 4th!! We have not been out since September 29th but were happy to find three minke whales, including Slice, in Head Harbour Passage. We also saw lots of harbour porpoise and both harbour and grey seals at Black Ledge. The weather is looking good for the next little bit and hurricane Juaquin doesn’t look to be heading our way anymore.

minke

minke

minke

minke

Thank You so much for checking in today, there is still time to get out on the water this season!!  Give our office a call at 1-877-688-2600, we would love to take you out on the Bay,

Cheers,

Danielle