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Time to say Good Bye to our 2017 season!

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As winds increase and the air temperature cools the time has come for the end of another season.  2017 was our 23rd season whale watching on the Bay of Fundy and just like every season, the wildlife never ceases to surprise. This year brought humpbacks to our part of the Bay, especially on the Wolves Bank.  We documented 22 individual humpbacks and they were here consistently from the end of July until the end of October.  We saw the return of some very familiar “faces” including Cork and Chevron and some new favourites like Sockeye, Tusk and Puppet.  There were minke whales amongst the inner islands but there was a noticeable decrease in the number of large finback whales in our area.

2017 was also full of heartache and loss as we are all still mourning the death of Joe Howlett, one of the founding members of the Campobello Whale Rescue Team.  Joe was killed while disentangling a North Atlantic right whale in the Gulf of St. Lawrence on July 10th, 2017.  Since June/17 there have been 17 documented dead NA right whales, this number is unprecedented and represents more than 3% of the the world wide population.   The known causes were blunt force trauma (caused by ship strikes) and chronic entanglement in fishing gear.  Steps are being taken to try and ensure the next feeding season  in the Gulf will be a safer place for right whales but with a shifting food source and many unknown factors only time will tell.

Thank You to all of our passengers who joined us on both the Quoddy Link and our new vessel, the Fundy Odyssey this season.  Your passion and enthusiasm for whales plays a huge part in us returning year after year.

If you have any questions about our upcoming 2018 season please contact us through Facebook or by email at info@quoddylinemarine.com

See you in 2018!!

Only one week left!! – October 6-15, 2017

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Hello everyone, Danielle here with Quoddy Link Marine!  We continue to have some great whale sightings but with any whale watching in the fall we need the weather.  There have been a few departures we have cancelled due to high winds.  But, when the weather allows and we are able to venture out offshore towards the Wolves Bank, the Owen Basin and the Grand Manan Channel we have found both humpbacks and/or fin whales on every trip!

Here are some images from the past 10 days

humpback

East Quoddy Head Light

The Fundy Odyssey watching a humpback

humpback

Chevron

humpback

Goblin

humpback (Goblin) breaching

humpback (Goblin) breaching

watching Goblin from the Quoddy Link

Goblin

Chevron approaching the Quoddy Link

Watching Goblin from the Quoddy Link

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Goblin

fin whale

humpback

humpback, Chevron

fin whale

grey seals (female on left and male on right)

Thank You for checking in with us, if you are interested in joining us during our last week please give the office a call at 1-877-688-2600 or email us at info@quoddylinkmarine.com

Cheers,

Danielle

Welcome October – September 26 – October 5, 2017

Hello everyone, Danielle with Quoddy Link Marine here bring you some OCTOBER updates.  I have NO idea how it is already October but the whale sightings continue to be great.  We have had a few days where we were confined to the Islands due to high winds and some fog but on the days we have been able to get offshore we are still seeing some fin whales (they have been testing our patience with some very long dives) and the past few days we have found a few familiar humpbacks including Chevron and Goblin.

grey seals hauled out at low tide

minke whale

Head Harbour Light (East Quoddy Head Light)

minke whale

large male grey seal

finback whale

Chevron

humpback whale preparing to raise its tail (note the pectoral flippers stretched out to the side)

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Chevron

grey seals

minke whale

blow of a humpback

Chevron

watching a humpback whale from the Fundy Odyssey

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humpback

Chevron

Thanks so much for checking in with us today and remember to check out our Facebook page for daily updates, pictures, videos and lots of whale information year round!

Cheers,

Danielle

The great sightings continue!! – September 19th-25th, 2017

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Hello everyone, thank you for checking in with us here at Quoddy Link Marine!  September continues to bring some wonderful sightings and as long as the weather is appropriate we are getting offshore towards the Wolves Bank and spending time with finbacks and/or humpbacks. This week we had a new humpback show up in our area, Goblin, a whale we have spent time with in 2009-2011.

Chevron

Chevron

Chevron

minke in the Fundy fog

Goblin

Goblin

Chevron

Chevron

pair of finbacks

finback whale

finback whale

humpback

Thank you for checking in with us today!  We are still offering trips for about another three weeks so please give us a call at 1-877-688-2600 and join us on the Bay of Fundy!

Cheers,

Danielle

September FOG – September 14th-18th, 2017

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Hello everyone, thanks so much for checking in with us again!!  We have been dealing with so much thick September fog the past few days but still making it out and finding some holes and finding whales!  There was one day where we headed offshore and there was a huge hole right on top of the Wolves Bank and we found 3 minkes, a finback and a humpback, Chevron.

Fin whale

Chevron (+ a greater shearwater)

Chevron 

Thanks again for checking in,

Cheers,

Danielle

The first 2 weeks in September have been fantastic – September 1st – 14th, 2017

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Hello everyone, Danielle with Quoddy Link Marine here with a few weeks of updates!  I’m so sorry the updates have not been as often here but as always please check our Facebook page for daily departure reports.

The sightings have been very consistent over the past few weeks, so when then weather allows us to venture further offshore towards the Wolves Bank that is where we have been seeing humpbacks and finbacks!  We have also seen many minke whales and a few fin whales in amongst the Islands on shorter trips and windier days.    We did have a special sighting of a pair of NORTH ATLANTIC RIGHT WHALES on September 1st!

North Atlantic right whale

North Atlantic right whale

Chevron

Chevron

Chevron

Tail throw from Vader

Vader

humpback

Chevron

humpback blow

humpback

Cork

finback whale

harbour porpoise

finback whale

humpback and the Grand Manan ferry

Quoddy Link and humpback whale

On the morning of September 9th we had our Annual Offshore Trip.  The weather wasn’t ideal but certainly not the worst we have had.  The week before was filled with high winds so there was quite a swell past Grand Manan and we had some early morning Fundy fog to deal with as well.  With some patience and searching we did find a number of finback whales and minke whales on the Bank and off Long Eddy and then as the tide continued to flood we headed back towards the Wolves Bank where we found 2 humpback whales that were quickly IDed as Chevron and Cork!  Cork is my all time favourite humpback and we have been spending time with her in our area since 2004.

finback whale

Long Eddy Light AKA “the whistle”

humpback approaching the Quoddy

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Cork!!

Chevron

humpback

A really cool humpback whale has shown up in our area over the past few days named Gemini!  Gemini is what we refer to as an “old-timer” as he was added to the North Atlantic Humpback Whale Catalogue in 1976 when the project first began.  Gemini was added as #16 and now there are well over 5000 whales in the NAHWC.

Gemini

Gemini

Gemini

Gemini

Gemini

Gemini

Gemini

Thanks so much for checking back in with us and please don’t forget you can always check our Facebook page for daily sightings reports and images.

Cheers,

Danielle & the rest of the Quoddy Link Crew

A wonderful week of whales – August 21-27th, 2017

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Good evening everyone, I am sorry that I have not posted here in the past week (and I will post more later with pictures!) but I just wanted to let you know that we are still seeing humpbacks and finbacks offshore when we are able to travel the distance.  When the weather isn’t so great and keeps us confined to the inner Islands we are spending time with both minke whales and finbacks!

Again, sorry for not posting sooner and I will post more later with lots of pictures.  As always, for the most up-to-date information please follow our Facebook page.

Cheers,

Danielle

Humpbacks, fins and minkes – August 18th & 19th, 2017

Hello all!  Danielle here with Quoddy Link Marine bringing you another update thanks to Jolinne!

August 18th, 2017
So sounds like they were able to make their way to the Wolves Bank on all three departures. They had multiple fin and humpback whales.

August 19th, 2017
Today the wind, rain and fog kept us in the islands.
The morning departure we took Western Passage and quickly found a minke whale in the Old Sow. It was seen once and disappeared on us. We then continued on to Wilson’s Beach, to find another one, which did the same thing. Making our way along Campobello Island, we found a third minke whale which was much more co-operative.

On the afternoon departure we made our way into the Islands. Nothing larger than harbour porpoises were seen. So while making our way towards Wilson’s beach, a large fin whale surface right along side on the boat! We were able to watch it then do a series of dives before we lost it in the fog. We then spent the rest of the afternoon looking to find a minke whale, which all eluded us.

We canceled the evening departure due to the increasing foggy conditions in the Islands.

Thanks to everyone that joined us the past few days on these departures!

Thanks for checking in with us!!  For the most up to date info and lots of fun whale information all year-long please LIKE our Facebook page 

Cheers,

Danielle

Late-August bird report – August 17, 2017

Hello all, it’s Danielle here to share another bird update thanks to Todd and some images from Jolinne!

We are now regularly heading out to Wolf Banks and sea-bird numbers continue to increase. Here are a few quick notes on some species of interest.

Wilson’s Storm Petrel are present in very good numbers. On one occasion, a very quick scan going half way around the boat produced over 500 individuals. Large groups of 50 or more are common. Yesterday, there was a group of 75 dancing next to the boat for an expended period.

Leach’s Storm Petrel are present. They are far outnumbered by Wilson’s and I don’t have time to sort these birds, so their numbers are unknown.

Northern Gannet are fairly numerous with sightings occurring from Green’s Point on out. If other sea-birds are around, some gannet are likely there as well.

Greater Shearwater are also regularly sighted from Bliss Island on out. Flocks size seems to max out around 100.

Sooty Shearwater are present, but not very common.

Red-necked Phalarope are also common sightings. At this point in time, groups containing 2 to 4 dozen individuals are common. Larger flock sizes were being observed earlier this year.

Terns and small gulls are numerous amongst the islands.

Alcid numbers have dropped off.

great shearwater

storm petrels

great shearwater

adult bald eagle

red-necked phalaropes

great shearwater

Bonaparte’s gull

immature northern gannet

feeding northern gannets

Arctic tern

female peregrine falcon

Bonaparte’s gulls

Thank you for checking in with us and THANK YOU to Todd for sharing your bird sightings!

Cheers,

Danielle