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Friday, August 31, 2007
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Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Hello everyone, it's Danielle with Quoddy Link Marine back from another day on the Bay of Fundy. We had some weather to deal with today including about 15 knots of southwest winds and offshore fog! Even with the weather we did have 2 very nice trips with some great sightings with finback whales (the weather just wasn't suitable to be able to venture offshore in search of humpback whales). On each departure today we spent time with finbacks and with some patience (absolutely essential when whale watching) we got some very close looks at these large whales. On our way home we stopped at a seal haul out site and got some great looks at both harbour and grey seals. We also had some time to stop and show our passengers some local fishing and aquaculture techniques. In all we had 2 great trips today.
Take care everyone and thanks for checking in today. I'll keep posting our sightings as they come.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
I've included a series with Cork (taken on our 2:00 pm departure) and picture of one of the 6 finback whales from this afternoons trip.
I'm working on uploading a video with a close encounter with some finback whales, hopefully I can post it soon. Thanks so much for checking in today, and keep checking for more whale sightings with Quoddy Link Marine!
Monday, August 27, 2007
Our 2:00 pm trip took is back off the Wolves but about 4 miles further out than our morning departure. We spent some time with Cork, then got word from Matt on our Scout Boat that he was seeing a few basking sharks and another humpback whale! We made our way over and had the chance to show our passengers the second largest fish in the world, a basking shark! No need to let your Hollywood fear of sharks scare you with this guy, he has NO TEETH! Basking sharks are filter feeders, having gill rakers in their gills to catch tiny plankton. After we spent some time with the shark we made our way over to the second humpback who turned out to be Hobo, another whale we are familiar with at Quoddy Link Marine. After we spent some time with Hobo we moved closer to home and our Scout Boat let us know he was watching 2 very active finback whales. They were charging around, travelling at high speeds and blowing so hard and loud at the surface. It was an awesome trip!
Here is Hobo. Hobo was never sighted as a calf so we are not sure of "his" age or sex.
This is Cork, a 5 year old female humpback whale.
A finback whale from our morning departure. This whale was sighted right off the entrance to Head Harbour Passage, at the northern tip of Campobello Island, NB.
I included this image in the blog because I wanted to show you the unique markings of finback whales. Here you can clearly see the blaze and the start of the chevrons. The blaze is a white marking that extends from the lower right jaw and continues over the whales head, behind its' blowhole. The chevrons are V-shaped markings behind the blaze. Both of these markings are unique and researchers will use photo ID to tell individuals apart.
Here is a picture of the basking shark we spotted, with the help of Matt on our Scout Boat, on our 2:00 pm departure.
Thanks so much for checking in with us today, the weather forecast is good for tomorrow. I'll keep you all posted on our sightings.
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Below is a photograph of a finback whale taken today, on our 10:00 am departure.
Friday, August 24, 2007
Here you can see her tubercles on her rostrum. These bumps on the front of her head each have a coarse hair growing out of them which serves a sensory function (similar to the whiskers of a cat or seal).
These bottom 5 images show a sequence of Cork swimming along side our catamaran. Note her exhale, or blow, from her double blowhole (a characteristic of all baleen whales).
I want to thank all of our passengers who were on the Quoddy Link for these very special sightings, everyones enthusiasm and awe makes my job that much more enjoyable. Thanks for checking in and keep checking back often for more whale sightings with Quoddy Link Marine.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Below are some photos of finback whales I took today.....Enjoy!
The weather is suppose to be nice tomorrow, hopefully our Scout Boat will be able to get out and help us search for humpbacks (we did have a look today in Grand Manan Channel...no humpbacks but a GREAT sighting with a pair of finback whales and NO boat traffic). Thanks for checking in and I will keep you posted tomorrow.
Monday, August 20, 2007
The photo below shows some other unique markings that each finback whale has, a "blaze" and "chevrons". The blaze is a white brush-like stroke that extends from the lower right jaw (which is also white, the lower left jaw is the same colour as the back, a coppery-brown) and continues behind the blowhole. The chevrons are V-shaped markings behind the blaze. These markings are unique for each finback can help researchers ID individual whales.
Some harbour seals I photographed on Saturday morning on Splitting Knife, a common haul-out site for seals.
Thanks so much for checking in with us and keep checking back often for more updates.
Friday, August 17, 2007
Here is a photo I took on our 5:30 cruise last night of a finback whale just outside the Fundy Isles. This whale is approximately 50-55 feet long, the length of the Quoddy Link, our whale watching catamaran!
The bird life has been absolutely GREAT this year. With the large amount of herring in the water we have seen more northern gannets than I can remember seeing in my past 5 years with Quoddy. The majority of the ones we see are in various stages of juvenile plumage.
Here you can see a northern gannet confronting a young gull. All of the birds and most of the marine mammals in the area are feeding on the same food source, herring and krill.
Here is a northern gannet getting looking for a fish and getting ready to plunge dive. Gannets are one of the only birds with binocular vision, they can look forward with both eyes. They also have air sacs in their head and neck area that inflate before they hit the water to protect them from the impact.
Below is a terminal dive from Cork, a 5 year-old female humpback whale. Many whales do not raise their tails on their terminal dive but humpbacks do (one of the many reasons they are a favorite among whale watchers). When they raise their tails they are telling is who they are, the black and white pigmentation is different on every, individual humpback whale. If you have a look at the right hand side of Corks' fluke you will see a black mark which looks like a mushroom cap or a plastic wine cork, that is how she got her name....."Cork".
Thanks so much for checking in, I will continue to keep you posted on all things Quoddy.
Thursday, August 09, 2007
At 5:30 the winds had almost completely dropped out and the tide was on the flood so John, our captain and owner, decided to make the run offshore in search of humpback whales. When we arrived we found Cork, a 5-year old female humpback as well as 5-6 finback whales.
We spent some time with Cork while she was lunge feeding, coming to the surface with her mouth closing, water pouring out between her baleen plates and her ventral grooves were fully extended. It was awesome! The photo below was one of her surfaces very close to the boat, you can see the water pouring out of the side of her mouth.
Thanks so much for checking in with us today. It looks like the weather should be great tomorrow. Come down to St. Andrews and experience the Bay of Fundy....Catamaran Style.