Tuesday, September 30, 2008

A Very Close Encounter With Cork and a First Visit with EKG

Hello everyone, it's Danielle with Quoddy Link Marine back from an absolutely amazing day out on the Bay of Fundy. Our morning charter was a lovely 2 hour nature cruise through the islands and we were able to spend some time with minke whales, bald eagles, seals and porpoise. We had a little extra time and had some fun in the Old Sow, the largest tidal whirlpool in the Western Hemisphere.
Our afternoon departure was a regular whale watch and with word from our Scout Boat that there were 2 humpbacks in the Grand Manan Chanel we made our way directly out. We were stopped on our way to the chanel by a large group of feeding birds, a few minke whales and a very large finback. After some great looks at the minkes we continued on our way. When we arrived we first found Cork, a 6 year old female humpback that we are very fond of at Quoddy Link and we have been watching her for 4 years now. Cork, to the delight and amazement of our passengers, decided to get curious with us and spent about 15 minutes just circling us, incredibly close to the boat! She even spyhopped one time as you can see in the 2nd photo down (a spyhop is when a whale emerges out of the water vertically and some whales can spyhop so half their body is out of the water). IT WAS AMAZING!
To make the trip even more fabulous we made our way over to the 2nd humpback and we quickly noticed it was not one we had seen this season. The whale has been identified as EKG (John and I assumed this was EKG but the ID was confirmed by PCCS), a humpback I first photographed in 2006 and was labeled as an "unknown" and put up for naming at the 2007 Gulf of Maine Humpback Whale Naming Event. This was our first sighting of EKG for the 2008 season. The photo above I shot today of EKG.

Thanks so much for checking in today. I hope to have more great news for you tomorrow! Cheers.

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