Monday, September 15, 2014

Underwater footage of the fin whale calf

I told you all I would share this....check it out!  THANK YOU NICK


More time with the fin whale mom and calf

Good morning everyone, we continue to spend time on every departure with the mother and calf fin whale pair that has been hanging out and feeding off South Wolf (there has also been up to 6 other adults in the same area feeding depending on the tide).

Here are some photos of the recent finback sightings including lots of the calf we have fallen completely in love with!!

Fin whale calf

Fin whale calf 

Fin whale calf, you can see the start of the chevron on the left

This fin whale calf often raises the front of his rostrum out of the water

Check out the blowholes!

Beautiful fin whale calf 

Beautiful fin whale calf 

Fin whale mother and calf.  Note the chevron on the left hand side of the the calf, a very unique marking 

Barrel roll from calf 

Mother and calf and another adult (blow)

Partial breach from the calf 

partial breach from the calf, check out the tiny pectoral flipper 

Another barrel roll, they have such beautiful flukes 

Partial breach from the calf 

Also, hopefully very soon I will have some underwater footage of this "little" whale to share with all of you!  THANK YOU NICK!!

As well as our whale sightings we continue to see lots of porpoise as well as both harbour and grey seals and bald eagles around the Islands.

Thanks so much for checking in and I will share that underwater video as soon as I can!

Cheers,
Danielle


Friday, September 12, 2014

Mother and calf fin whale pair

Hello everyone, we have spent the past few days with a mother and calf fin whale pair that have completely stolen our hearts.  This is the same calf we saw on Sunday, September 7th off the Wolves in it's own.  This calf has some of the most beautiful markings that I have ever seen on a fin whale.  We have also had some other fin whales feeding the area although they are moving around quite a bit and effort has to be made to locate them (we don't mind searching at all, which is why we tell you our trips average about 3 hours but sometimes may be a bit longer due the patience that is needed for wildlife)

Here are some photos of the finbacks from the past few days

Fin whale

Fin whale mom and calf pair 

Left hand side of the calf fin whale 

Fin whale mom and calf pair 

Fin whale mom and calf paur 

Fin whale calf approaching the boat 

Passenger watching a fin whale from the lower deck of the Quoddy Link 

FInback whale 

Fin whale mom and calf pair 

Fin whale 

Fin whale calf approaching the boat 

I also got a short video clip of the mom and calf pair.




And I never shared this video with you guys from August 22 of a Mola mola!




Thanks so much for checking in today!  We are still running 2 trips a day with a special 20% discount off our morning departures in celebration of our 20th Anniversary!  Come experience the Bay of Fundy catamaran style.

Cheers,
Danielle

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

What an incredible offshore trip!

Good evening everyone, I promised a separate post on our Annual North Atlantic right whale trip so here it is....

Well, first, we did not see any right whales.  There had been a few reported in the area on Thursday but the weather we were dealt on Sunday morning didn't allow us to do much searching.  We did send our Scout Boat out ahead to search for whales and a BIG THANK YOU to Matty because he found three humpback whales about 32 miles from St. Andrews...and we couldn't have asked for anything better on a day with a some rather wavy conditions.  The trio was spending most of their time at the surface, relaxing and fluking up while diving but not moving far and were incredibly easy to watch.  And everything got even better when we realized who we were watching...we spend out morning with Whistler, Vee and FOGGY!  Foggy is a humpback whale who is very near and dear to many of the whale watchers in the Bay of Fundy and last September she survived a severe entanglement and her rescue was very well covered.  Check out the story HERE.  We also saw many fin whales spread out while we were watching the humpbacks and we stopped with 2 minkes and seals on our way back into St. Andrews.

I wanted to share a bunch of photos with you from our trip

Vee

Vee and our Scout Boat

Vee

Foggy, note that the injuries are older and not from her entanglement last September

Vee

Our trio of humpbacks

Whistler

Watching humpbacks from the foredeck of the Quoddy Link



Foggy and Vee

Foggy and Vee

Check out those pecs!

You can see all three here but you have to look for the pecs


Check out those turbercles!  There is a coarse, sensory hair growing out of each one

THANK YOU to everyone who joined us on this special trip!  We hope to see you all again,

Cheers,
Danielle

A great way to start off September!

Good evening everyone, the first week in September has been wonderful with consistent fin whale and minke sightings on every departure.  We also had our Annual North Atlantic right whale trip on Sunday, September 7th but I will cover that in a separate post.

I wanted to share some photos with from the past week....

Lets start with finners...
Fin whale with fluke prints, Sept 3
Sept 3

Lunging fin whale with harbour porpoise, Sept 3

Sept 5

Sept 7

Fin whale calf, spending some time away from mom, Sept 7

Fin whale calf, Sept 7

Sept 7

Sept 7

Sept 7

Sept 7

Sept 7

Sept 7

Sept 7

Sept 9

Sept 7

Check out the unique marking on the peduncle  Sept 9

Check out the lower white, right jaw, Sept 9

Check out the asymmetrical lower jaw,Sept 9

Lots of minke whale sightings as well

Minke whale off St. Andrews, Sept 2

Minke whale with mittens visible, Sept 4

Sept 4

Minke whale with mittens visible through the water, Sept 5

We are also seeing lots of harbour porpoise and seals as well as bald eagles on our departures.

Thanks for checking in,

Cheers,
Danielle