Saturday, July 26, 2008

Rain and fog but still great whales

Hello everyone, it's Danielle with Quoddy. Well, the past few days have brought a lot of rain and fog to our little part of the Bay of Fundy but we have managed to get most of our trips out. We are still seeing both minke and finback whales, on some departures just one species and on others, like this afternoon, we get the chance to see both species. Due to the fog we have been unable to search further offshore. I was very excited yesterday to see a large colony of black-legged kittiwakes (photo on left) on Whitehorse Island. These small, gull-like birds usually show up much earlier to nest but I haven't seen any until this week.

Below are 2 photos I took this morning off bald eagles on Black Rock in Head Harbour Passage. The eagle on the left is obviously an adult with it's noticeable white head while the bald eagle on the right is a juvenile.

Below are 2 of the whales we saw today. The top photo is a fin whale seen on our 2pm departure and the bottom, a minke, seen on our 10am trip. This afternoon we had 2 minkes surface side-by-side! Not a common sight as minkes, like a baleen whales, usually travel alone.

I thought I would leave you with a picture of a harbour porpoise I took this afternoon. There was a large bait ball (ball of herring) in the Passage today and tonnes of porpoise all around feeding. It was a great opportunity to snap a picture!

Thanks for checking in today and check back often for more sightings with Quoddy Link Marine.

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