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Our season has started consistent and strong, but the first five weeks were consistent and strong with FOG, persistent Bay of Fundy FOG.
The seals have been hauling out at Black Ledge close to Greens Point Light and it’s been great to see both harbour and grey seals on every departure.
Lots of harbour porpoise around, some days more than others. Head Harbour Passage is usually a great place to find groups of the small cetaceans travelling and feeding.
The seabirds have been good as well. At the start of the season we did have some puffins in the area, much to the delight of our passengers. We have been seeing razorbills and murres as well. We got to visit a bald eagles nest and watch 2 young eaglets grow and fledge, so incredible to watch the young ones learn how to fly.
We have been seeing minke whales on almost every departure, including some familiar “faces” such as Slice (a local favourite).
We have had a few fin whale sightings, but no consistency, here one day and no where to be seen for the next week. We did have a special sighting of a mom/calf finback pair off the Wolves on one departure.
Humpbacks have been around, earlier than some years, but like the fin whales with very little consistency. Our first sighting was on July 6th, 2 young individuals right in the Old Sow between Deer Island, NB and Eastport, ME (I was only able to photograph one individual). In total we have documented 6 humpbacks including Hashtag, Blanco and Chevron (a favourite among Quoddy Crew, past and present).
On July 30th we had an incredibly special encounter with Old Thom, the orca of the Bay of Fundy. Old Thom is a unique killer whale, travelling with Atlantic white-sided dolphins and not having an orca family of his own. He has been seen in the Bay since 2005 and is easily recognizable by the unique notch on his dorsal fin. This is my third encounter with Old Thom but this evening at the end of July was super special, the lighting was incredible and the encounter was remarkable. Definitely a trip I will never forget.
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Bay of Fundy