Friday, May 22, 2009

Whales and birds and krill, Oh My!

Northern Gannets.

Our whale watching season started on May 18th, 2009. And it was a successful start to the season at that! We covered about 30 nautical miles on our first cruise and actually ended up very close to Brier Island at Moore's Ledge, about 4 miles north of the island. The Bay was quite active that day with many birds being seen, including: Northern Gannets, Puffins, a Razorbill, a Common Murre, Red Necked Phalaropes, Black Legged Kittiwakes and Northern Fulmars

Also on Moore's Ledge we sighted our first whale of the season, a minke whale. this was soon joined by another because of the ample supply of prey species in the area. For the last few days, we have noticed an abundance of krill upon which the herring, birds and whales have been feeding upon.

So even though it is early in the season for whale watching, we have had the pleasure of seeing the smallest baleen species that comes into the Bay of Fundy. A great start to the season!

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