Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Fin Whales and Hundreds of Gannets

Hello all, it's Danielle with Quoddy Link Marine bringing you another update from our whale watching tours. Yesterday we had a pleasant surprise seeing the little fin whale calf that we had earlier in the season. We didn't see the mother anywhere around in either the morning or the afternoon. This is normal, as a female finback whale only nurses her calf for about 8 months. The picture below is from yesterday morning of the little calf (little is relative, the calf is between 25-30 feet long!). I also want to mention that the northern gannet numbers are still amazing, I actually think they have increased over the past few days! I know that most of our passengers are not on the boat to see birds but to be able to show them feeding northern gannets, which is so impressive, is such a great way to bring everything together, and see how everything is so vitally connected. To show 4 vastly different species (whales, porpoise, gannets and tuna) all feeding on herring and everything is there because of the tides in the Bay of Fundy, in a delicate balance. September on the Bay is amazing!

Thanks for checking in today! Cheers.

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