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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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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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minke whale

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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

Side by Side minke whales – July 15/16

SIGHTINGS UPDATE for July 15, 2015
10am: We had some fog to deal with so we took Western Passage out into the Bay, the visibility improved but it wasn’t until the very end of the trip, well into the ebb tide that a fin whale showed up off Head Harbour. We also saw lots of seals and harbour porpoise.
1:30pm: We had some stronger SW but hearty passengers as we headed right off Head Harbour and we got a very brief look a minke but we knew the time of the tide wasn’t the greatest so we headed off to seals and bald eagles and let the tide flood a little. The birds groups built up (we saw about a dozen northern gannets and even some sooty and great shearwaters) and then we had 2 minke whales (Slice and another) who swam side by side the entire time we stayed with them. In my 15 years with Quoddy I have never seen 2 minke whales swim side by side like that….was so wonderful to see!!
THANK YOU to everyone who joined us today!!
Cheers,
Danielle

Fin whale off South Wolf – July 11/16

Hello everyone, Danielle with Quoddy Link Marine back from a gorgeous day on the bay of Fundy!

We have been seeing minke whales and the same large fin whale on most departures.  This morning we only got a brief look a minke and we did not consider it a “sighting” so we did offer our passengers a voucher to join us again for free.

This afternoon we headed offshore and spent time with that large finback off South Wolf!  It was so great to be out offshore and we also spotted out first shearwaters of the season, three manx shearwaters.

Here are some photos from today off South Wolf.

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Fin whale

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Fin whale approaching the Quoddy Link

Thank you to everyone who has joined us the past few days aboard the cat!!

Cheers,

Danielle

First few weeks of the 2016 season

Hello everyone, Danielle with Quoddy Link Marine here back for my 15th season (the 22nd season for Quoddy!!).  I am a little late to get these updates started (SORRY!!) but they will be here on a regular basis now, a few times a week but there are always daily updates and photos on our Facebook page 

We have had a wonderful start to our 2016 season with finback and/or minke whales sighted on almost every departure, and if a whale is not sighted out policy is to give our passengers a voucher to come again with us for free!

Here are some whale images from the past few weeks.

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Finback whale

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Minke

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Fin whale

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minke whale

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Fin whale

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Fin whale

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Passenger photographing a finback from the foredeck of the Quoddy Link

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Harbour porpoise

The seal sightings have been fantastic with great numbers of both harbour and grey seals.

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harbour seals

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grey seals

The nesting on Whitehorse has been incredible with great numbers of black-legged kittiwakes.  There is some evidence that a pair of razorbills may have even nested on the Island.

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Herring gulls and chicks

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Eider ducks and chicks

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Razorbill on Whitehorse Island

We have 2 bald eagles nests in the area that are easy to see from the boat with young eaglets still in the nest.

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This young seal will learn quickly not to play with her food in front of a bald eagle (the bald eagle stole part of the fish)

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This bald eagle actually took a piece of a fish out of a seals mouth.

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Taking the fish back to the nest on Campobello

Thank You for checking in and again sorry for the delay in the updates.  I will be posting here a few times a week but don’t forget to check out our Facebook page for daily updates and pictures.

Cheers,

Danielle

 

 

The last trip of 2015 – October 24, 2015

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Our last trip of 2015 was a success! We headed out in the afternoon with a large group of passengers dressed warm and ready for the Bay. Our Scout Boat headed out earlier to help search as we knew it was late in the season and wanted to take advantage of as much of our search area as possible. We found a large finback in the Grand Manan Chanel who was cooperative until the tide turned.

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Fin whale

Fin whale

Fin whale

Blow of a fin in fall lighting

Blow of a fin in fall lighting

Finback

Finback

We also made some stops in the Islands with seals on Black Rock and eagles on Spruce Island.

male grey seal

male grey seal

female grey seal

female grey seal

THANK YOU to everyone who joined us on our last departure and throughout the 2015 season! We look forward to taking you out on the Bay of Fundy in 2016!!
Cheers,
Danielle

Nick in the Scout Boat taking some photos

Nick in the Scout Boat taking some photos

UPDATE on North Atlantic right whale sightings on October 7, 2015

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I wanted to share an update on our very special sighting of 2 endangered North Atlantic right whales on October 7, 2015 in the Grand Manan Channel.  With the help from members of the New England Aquarium right whale research team we were able to get BOTH whales identified!!

First I will start with Eg 1506, a male born in 1985 to Eg 1248, Rudolph. Eg 1506 is a regular visitor to the Bay of Fundy and was last seen in Cape Cod Bay in the spring of 2015.

Eg 1506, a male born in 1985 to Eg 1248, Rudolph

Eg 1506, a male born in 1985 to Eg 1248, Rudolph

North Atlantic right whale

North Atlantic right whale 1506

The second whale was Eg 4057, a male born in 2010 to Eg 3157, who is a female born in 2001 to Eg 1157, Moon. Eg 4057 has never been sighted in the Bay of Fundy before to my knowledge (based on the info in the online catalog but I am trying to confirm) but was sighted on August 15, 2015 in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.  The majority of the scars you can see on 4057 is from an entanglement in 2014.  It is estimated that more than 80% of NA right whales have scars from ship strikes or entanglements in fishing gear.

Eg 4057, a male born in 2010 to Eg 3157, who is a female born in 2001 to Eg 1157, Moon

Eg 4057, a male born in 2010 to Eg 3157, who is a female born in 2001 to Eg 1157, Moon

North Atlantic right whale

North Atlantic right whale 4057

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right whale 4057 , look at those scars

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right whale 4057

I also have a video to share!!  A HUGE thank you to Jessi Barkley for sharing this video of both 4057 and 1506!!  1506 raises his tail first followed by 4057.  Such an amazing experience.

 

If you want to learn more about the sightings history of 1506 and 4057 just check out the NEAq right whale online catalog.

I have been with Quoddy Link for 14 years and I am always in awe every single time we get to spend a trip with right whales (and we have had some amazing experiences, especially prior to 2012 ), they are my favorite and I feel it is a privilege every time we get to see these endangered whales.  For me, this was the best trip of the season.  Thank You to everyone who was able to join us,

Cheers,

Danielle

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.

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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

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pair of fins

fin whale showing lower white, right jaw

fin whale showing lower white, right jaw

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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.

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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