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Where have you been Hobo??!!?? Welcome Back!

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What a great day! We headed out on our 2:00 pm departure and stopped at the mouth of Head Harbour Passage to watch a minke whale and then John, our captain/owner decided to head offshore in search of humpbacks. On our way out towards the Wolves Banks we found Parachute (top picture), on the move to what looked to be the ebb tide feeding ground in the Grand Manan Channel. We spent about 45 minutes with Parachute, one of our favorite humpbacks and today was no different as “he” did a full breach very close to the boat. Breaching is a common humpback behaviour but certainly isn’t seen on every 3 hour whale watch. As we were watching Parachute we saw another blow towards the Channel about 2 miles away. We headed over and found Hobo (bottom picture), a humpback whale we haven’t seen since September 6th! As we waited for “him” to surface again he breached off our bow, very lucky day.

Thanks for checking in and I will continue to keep you posted.

Humpbacks are still around!

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Hello, it’s Danielle with Quoddy Link Marine. We are coming up on the end of September and we still have humpback whales in the bay. Yesterday, September 22nd, we remained inshore with a minke whale on our 10:00 am trip but with the ebb tide and a drop in winds we headed out to the Grand Manan Channel in the afternoon. When we arrived we found our “unknown” humpback (the series below is from yesterday). “She” became active and our passengers were treated to 2 tail breaches. As we were watching this humpback we saw 2 more blows down a little further in the channel. As we went over we found both Parachute (above) and Cork. A great afternoon!

Today came with a weather warning but with calm seas and no rain yet we headed directly out to the Wolves Banks on our 10:00 am trip. On our way out we found both Parachute and Cork, 2 humpbacks we have become very familiar with and the sightings were fantastic, with close approaches from both humpbacks. The forecasted winds arrived in the afternoon but had a very nice trip inshore watching a minke whale.

Thanks for checking in, they are calling for some serious winds tomorrow but I will keep you updated on our sightings.


Back out to Cork

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Hello, it’s Danielle again with Quoddy Link Marine. We had a great day. They were calling for a lot of wind today but it was off the land and the conditions for whale watching were very good. We spent about 45 minutes with a minke whale in Head Harbour Passage and then our captain/owner John decided to check out the conditions off shore. With less wind than expected we continued out into the Grand Manan Channel were we found Cork, a familiar 4-year old female humpback whale. Above (left) you can see her diving close to the boat. Below you can see a photograph I took today of her tail. Note the black cork-shaped mark on the right hand side of her fluke which is how she got her name. Thanks for checking in!!

Quality time with minke whales!

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Hello there, it’s Danielle with Quoddy Link Marine. I just wanted to update you on our past few days. We have had quite a bit of wind and fog and have been confined to the inner islands. Even with the foul weather we have been having fantastic sightings of minke whales. Here you can see a photograph of Breadknife, a very familiar whale with local whale watchers. Below you can see 2 pictures from our 10:00 am trip on September 19th. We had an amazing sighting of a breaching minke whale off Head Harbour Light, at the northern tip of Campobello Island. It is very special to see a whale breach, but a minke whale breaching is incredibly rare. “He” breached about 10 times to the delight of our passengers. Thanks for checking in and I’ll keep you posted on our sightings over the next few days!


A FANTASTIC Right Whale Trip!

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Today we had the pleasure of taking passengers out on the open Bay of Fundy to search for the endangered North Atlantic Right Whale. Our scout boat headed out at 6:45 am and 1 hour and 30 minutes later we were with approximately 15 right whales! With only 300-350 left in the world, to have 15 so close was a privledge most wont soon forget.

Here you can see the callosities (roughened patches of skin) on the head of the right whale. The callosities appear in the same place as male facial hair. You can also clearly see the highly arched jaw line.


A mom and calf right whale!


A close encounter with a basking shark, the second largest fish in the world!Below you can see a right whale diving close to the Quoddy Link, I was on our scout boat.

Our afternoon trip was a regular whale watch. We traveled into the Grand Manan Channel and got to spend some more time with Parachute, Cork and our “unknown”. The sightings were great and the weather was beautiful. We also had a minke whale right in the entrance to Head Harbour Passage. Thanks for checking in!

Gorgeous Day!

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Hello, this will be a short post but I just wanted to let you all know how our day went. With calm seas and sunny skies (and a bit of fog in the morning but it burned off in time) we spent time on both our 10:00 am and 2:00 pm trip with 3 humpback whales: Cork, Parachute and our new unknown from the past few days. A great day with fantastic sightings. Tomorrow we have a special trip planned to see the incredibly endangered North Atlantic Right Whale! We are all very excited and I will let you know how it goes. Thanks for checking in.

Cork, Parachute and An Unknown!

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Hello, it’s Danielle with Quoddy Link Marine. What a great day! On our 10:00 am trip we had 3 humpbacks! Parachute, Cork and the same unknown we saw on the 13th of September were all in the Grand Manan channel on the ebb tide. Just great to see all 3 so close to one another. On our 2:00 pm trip the winds increased but not enough to stop us from finding Parachute about 2 miles SW of Southern Wolf. As usual Parachute was so easy to watch, surfacing every 5 minutes within 100 feet of the boat almost every time. What a great day!
Unknown, first seen on September 13th


Cork

ParachuteKeep checking for more updates!

New Humpback Whale!

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Hello, it’s Danielle with Quoddy Link Marine. We had a surprise today, a NEW humpback whale! We had a gorgeous day today, with only one scheduled whale watch we headed straight out at 2:00 in search of humpbacks. In about the same area where we had Parachute yesterday, there he was again today. After spending some time with one of our favorite humpbacks we saw a blows about 1 mile away. When we saw the humpback I immediately didn’t recognize the dorsal fin and when “he” raised his flukes I new for sure we had a new humpback (see the dorsal fin and fluke images below) . I have forwarded the pictures to the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown, MA and I will keep you posted when I get a name. Thanks for checking in and stay in touch for more updates.

Welcome back Parachute!

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Hello, it’s Danielle with Quoddy Link Marine. There won’t be any pictures with this post but I thought I would still update you on what we have been seeing in the past few days.
Yesterday, September 11th we spent some time and has some great looks at a finback whale off of Blacks Harbour then we headed offshore in search of humpbacks. Again, close to the same spot, we found Cork. She was staying under for a while and making some big moves but we still got a few great looks at her. We also saw another humpback as we were leaving but we never got a look at it’s tail…..maybe another day. As we arrived in St. Andrews we got a call about an entangled humpback whale. Unfortunately entanglements with fishing gear happens quite a bit with humpbacks (they estimate that around 80% of North Atlantic humpbacks have entanglement scars). Large whale rescue was called and we got word this morning that the whale was successfully disentangled. We are not sure on the identity of the whale but as I find more out I will keep you posted.

Today was my day off but speaking with the office they had a great afternoon whale watch, seeing Parachute, a favorite humpback with Quoddy Link and “he” hasn’t been seen since September 6th. Parachute is popular for a reason, and today was no different as he breached and lobtailed for our guests.

I’m back to work tomorrow, thanks for checking in and I’ll keep the updates coming!

What a Girl!

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Hello, it’s Danielle from Quoddy Link Marine. Here are some updates for the past 3 days!

September 8th came with fog and our 10:00 am departure was cancelled. Our 2:00 pm trip took us a few miles south of Bliss Island where we found a finback whale (We watched the same whale off Nancy’s Head, Campobello Island about 90 minutes later in the trip). There was still a heavy haze/fog in the offshore but with a little visibility we headed off to the Grand Manan Channel where we found Cork, a 4 year-old female humpback (seen here).

September 9th brought more fog and another am trip cancelled. Our afternoon trip the fog persisted and confined us to the inner islands where we spent our time with a minke whale. We got some great close encounters.

September 10th, the fog has lifted!! Unable to find whales in the offshore (NOT for lack of trying, we covered a lot of ground looking for finbacks and humpbacks) we continued to Head Harbour Passage where we spent some time with 2 minke whales. On our 2:00 pm trip, with the change of tide and much calmer seas than our morning trip we headed off to the Grand Manan Channel to look for humpbacks. We found Cork again, in what seems to be her preferred spot on the ebb tide. A great trip!

Below you can see 3 grey seals, a fairly common sight in the our part of the Bay of Fundy (picture taken on September 8th). The seal on the left is a female, on the right is an adult male and the seal in the middle is a young of the year, most likely born in early February. This is not a family, even though it makes a nice picture, they are just 3 seals who are hauled out on the same rock. Grey seals are much larger than the more common harbour seal (about 200 lbs) and the males can reach a weight of almost 900 lbs.