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Brier Island Whale and Seabird Cruises
Thursday, June 14, 2012
The Mega Nova is up and running!
The 2012 season is in full swing and we sure have been having some great cruises! The first cruise for the Mega Nova was an all day research cruise where we covered 89 nautical miles of the Bay of Fundy, surveying the usual places where humpbacks, fin whales, and minke whales are concentrated. Our first area was a place that is known as the Prong and is located about 18 miles north west of Brier Island. We sighted many whales there and as we continued southwest to Northeast Bank we recorded many more. In total we documented 62 individual humpback whales, 12 fin whales and many minke whales. A very successful day with plenty of whales and prey for them to feed on.
Squiggle surface feeding
The first whale watch cruise was on June 14th and was successful as well. We sighted 7 different humpbacks and a fin whale. We were able to identify 4 of the humpbacks and they were: Sundog, Squiggle, Shot Put, and three Dots.
Whales have always been a passion since I was a little girl. It was this passion that led me to the Bay of Fundy for my first whale watch. From the moment I saw my first fin whale on July 7, 1990, I was hooked! I became a volunteer with Brier Island Whale and Seabird Cruises, which led to a full time position in 1993. In 1996, I was promoted to Chief naturalist and Researcher. The research is what makes my job exciting. Every spring we wait for the first humpback, and like my colleague Rosie says, it's like waiting for the first robin of spring.
I can't imagine doing anything but this. It continues to be a passion and I foresee that it always will be!