Sunday, October 03, 2010

Offshore with 3 humpbacks!

Good evening everyone, well today is October 3rd and it was suppose to be our second North Atlantic right whale trip of the season but again due to the weather forecast we had to cancel. The weather turned out to be beautiful but the other reason we canceled was due to the extremely low number of right whales documented in the Bay of Fundy this season. To read more about this check out the New England Aquarium's NARW research team's blog.

We did have 2 regular whale watches today though. On our 10:00 am trip we made our way to Head Harbour Passage and with some patience we found 2 minke whales and 2 finback whales. We did take a run into the Grand Manan Channel looking for humpbacks (a typical fall ebb tide feeding ground) but had no luck.

On our afternoon trip John decided to run us directly off towards South Wolf and search for humpbacks there, as the tide was now well into the flood and the Wolves Bank is a good feeding ground on the flood tide. On our way there we passed 2 fin whales and then stopped with 4 large fin whales off South Wolf. With trained eyes John spotted a few more blows about 3 miles away so we made our way out onto the Bank where we found 3 humpback whales; EKG, the 2009 calf of Siphon and an unknown whale.

This is EKG

This is the 2009 calf of Siphon

And this very young humpback is an unknown for us and the first time we have seen this whale. I have sent the photos down to PCCS for identification and I will let you know when I hear something.

Thanks so much for checking in today,


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