St. Andrews MOST Recommended Whale Watch and Nature Cruise. 17th Anniversary Season!
The AUTHENTIC Bay of Fundy Experience
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Just an update to let you know our daily sightings, Island Quest has been sighting regularly, Finback and Minke whales... when the weather cooperates! I am going to include some more sunset photos as well as some interesting jellyfish photos taken a couple nights ago, there were hundreds of them!!
I couldn't resist going for a skiff ride with my dad last night after the 5pm departure, the sunset was beautiful!! I had the pleasure of going for an awesome father daughter sunset cruise and snapped a few photos that I would like to share... More whale photos to come! Stay tuned! Cheers!
I am so happy to announce our second boat has finally arrived! This 29' Sea Fox is fully equipped with two brand new 225 hp Evinrude E-Tec engines, a total of 450hp and the sea worthiness of this vessel will allow us to do some amazing whale watching (Right Whale Tours) as well as deep sea fishing! VERY EXCITED!
In the 11 years that we, here at Island Quest, have been whale watching we have never had a more eventful week with the Finbacks! On any one departure we have multiple fins all around the boat, upwards of 6-7 at a time and even 11 on one departure!!!! AMAZING! A total of 13 Bald Eagles have been sighted at one time, as well as MORE neat sights such as Blue Fin Tuna breaching, Puffin sightings, Northern Gannets dive bombing, Harbour Porpoise coming so close you could touch them and the fins lunge feeding, rolling on their sides around the boat and showing their fluke (tail)!!! WOW, WOW, WOW! A lot of these sightings are unusual to see and I am happy to say that our guests have had some amazing sightings that not everyone gets! Here are some photos that I have managed to capture in the past few days.
Very friendly Harbour Porpoise around the boat, watching our guests as much we were watching them!
Over the past few days I have had some trouble with my camera, our WONDERFUL guests have sent me some amazing photos which I will be posting very soon. Thank you so much for joining us on the Island Quest! Thanks for checking in and hope to see you soon!
WOW! It is so good to be back on the water after spending a winter in Alberta! Here are a few photos I captured on our Bay of Fundy whale and wildlife cruise! Hope you enjoy!
Here is a photo taken right in front of East Quoddy Head light with a Finback Whale in the fore front! Beautiful!! This is the largest species of whale we see here in our part of the Bay, the magnificent Fins.
On the 2pm trip we got an awesome view of a Grey Seal, up close and personal! Another interesting sight was a Blue Fin Tuna breaching off our starboard side, missed the photo op.
One of our local marine biologists, Andrew, shows off a Lumpfish! NEAT!!
Our touch and feel tank offers a variety of local sea creatures! Can you tell Andrew loves his job?!
Some of my very first memories are of my father and I, Captain Chris, out on the Bay of Fundy together. Fishing and boating were just a few of the activities that my summers would consist of. Being born and raised in St. Andrews, my interest for marine biology was sparked at an early age.
I am a University of New Brunswick MSc candidate in Biology with my research being performed through Fisheries and Oceans Canada, St. Andrews. My studies and research have ranged from lobster spawning and molting (research done through DFO), territoriality displays in reef fish along the Belize Barrier Reef, tracking and identifying the whales of the Bay of Fundy to researching Porbeagle sharks in the Bay of Fundy.
As the senior marine biologist at Island Quest Marine, I would like to extend an invitation to join us, Crusin' with the Whales, your Ultimate Bay of Fundy Adventure.