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Fog and southwest winds…

Fog and southwest winds…

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We had a day of fog in the morning and strong southwest winds in the afternoon but it was warm and calm in Head Harbour Passage. We spent a nice amount of time with minke whales on both trips. On our afternoon trip we had a great eagle sighting, with a few adults and atleast 5 juveniles all soaring and flying together. They are calling for less strong winds tomorrow so we will see if we are able to get offshore to look for finbacks and humpbacks. I will keep you posted, check back soon.

Minkes on the 23rd, finbacks today!

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We were fogged into the Islands on the 23rd of July but we had 2 very nice trips with minke whales in Head Harbour Passage.

Here are some grey seals hauled out on some reefs that have been exposed by the ebbing tide. At Casco Bay Island we often see grey seals as well as harbour seals (in the background). They will haul out right beside each other.
Today was a good day on the water, it was my day off but both finbacks and minke whales were sighted. I’m back at it tomorrow, and I will keep you updated.

Finback, minkes and FOG!

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We headed out this morning and afternoon despite the fog and we had 2 great trips. Our scout boat had gone out before both trips to “scout” and search for whales. We spent a good part of each trip with a finback whale we have become very familiar with over the past few weeks. Also, in the afternoon we got to see 2 minke whales in Head Harbour Passage. With bald eagles, harbour seals and porpoise on both trips we had a great day even with the “Fundy Fog”. We’ll be keeping our fingers crossed for good visibility and calm seas, I’ll keep you all posted.

It’s a girl!

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Hello, it’s Danielle, senior naturalist and photographer with Quoddy Link Marine. We finally had some nice weather with no fog and we able to get offshore and spend some time with Cork again. We now know from molecular genetic testing on a skin sample done by Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies that Cork is female. This is a series of shots showing her terminal dive

The small black “cork” shape on the right-hand side of her fluke is how she got her name.




The scar shown here is most likely from an entanglement with fishing gear. It is estimated that more than 50% of the humpbacks in the Gulf of Maine have entanglement scars.

A pair of Atlantic puffins, a more common site this year than some previous years. These small pelagic seabirds are a favorite among passengers due to their colourful beaks and “cute” appearance.

Meet Cork!

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Hello, it’s Danielle. With the help of Jooke Robbins at the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies the humpback we have seen has been identified as “Cork”, the 2002 calf of Mica. We saw Cork in 2004 and “he” was named at the 2006 whale naming conference I attended in Provincetown, MA. Researchers with the Gulf of Maine Catalogue were excited to see a picture of “Cork” because “he” hadn’t been seen since 2002 when “he” was with “his” mom, Mica.
We have been confined to the inshore islands for the past few days because of the fog and wind but we have been seeing minke whales on a regular basis. I will keep you posted on our sightings, thanks for checking in.

Basking shark and a humpback whale…a very nice day

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We had a very nice day today out on the Bay of Fundy. NO FOG!! On our morning trip we ended up seeing a basking shark, the second largest fish in the world! A nice surprise. We also took a trip over to Whale Cove, Grand Manan to see a minke whale.

On our afternoon and evening trip we got to spend some time with a humpback whale of Eastern Wolf. This whale hasn’t been identified yet but I will make sure to keep you all posted.

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A day of fog and strong southwest winds confined us to the islands but we did see 2 new minke whales.
This is Breadknife, a minke whale we have been watching for many years now. We spotted “him” off Windmill Point, Campobello Island.


Another minke whale we have seen in previous years, we saw this one between Eastpot, ME and Campobello Island, NB.

Hopefull the weather will clear up soon and we can head back out of the protection of the islands in search of finbacks and humpbacks.

First Humpback Whale Sighting!!

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We had our first humpback whale sighting today about 16 nm from St. Andrews! Typically we don’t see humpbacks regularly in our area until mid-August but last year they showed up in early July and stayed. We will have to keep our fingers crossed.

The humpback we saw today wasn’t in the “mood” to show us “his” flukes. This is a picture of his dorsal fin, and you can see why they are called humpbacks, their dorsal fin is located on a small hump. We also saw 2 finbacks today and a minke whale.

Finback Whales

We have been seeing finback whales almost almost everyday now. I have photographed 2 individual whales. Finbacks are identified by the shape of their dorsal fin as well as the colourations and permanent scars and marks on their back and caudal peduncle.
Here you can see the “blaze”, the white markings extending from the lower right jaw over the back behind the blowhole. This blaze is used in identification.

This is the dorsal fin from the whale above.

This is another finback that we have seen. You can see we were not far from land, very close to Bliss Island. You can see the difference in the shape of the dorsal fin of this finback and the one shown above.

I will make sure to post any identifications I get. These images will be sent down to Allied Whale in Bar Harbor where they have a catalogue of North Atlantic finback whales.

First Finback Sighting

Hello there, it’s Danielle, senior naturalist and photographer with Quoddy Link Marine. We had our first finback whale sighting today, something we are all very excited about. I wasn’t able to get any pictures because I was in the office today. I will post pictures as I get them.
Here is a minke whale that we saw in Head Harbour Passage on July 3rd. Head Harbour is a popular spot to look for whales. It is a deep passage where there is a lot of upwelling, and brings the cold, nutrient-rich water to the surface and provides plenty of food for the whales.

Harbour seals are abundant in our area of the Bay of Fundy. They are incredibly dog-like in profile and are always entertaining to watch.



A rainbow appeared over the town on Canada Day (July 1st) after our 2:00pm trip. Just another beautiful day in St. Andrews-by-the-Sea.