Monday, April 14, 2014

Bay of Fundy Whale Watch Giveaway!

Hi Whale Blog Friends! 

We are doing a HUGE giveaway for SIX FREE WHALE WATCH tickets with St. Andrews best whale watcher! :) You can find our page on Facebook, Island Quest Whale & Wildlife Cruises, and enter for your chance to win! 

If you don't have Facebook you can post a comment to our blog to be entered as well! :) 

The weather has been beautiful! We are so ready for some whale watching! 


Nicole :) 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Bay of Fundy Whale Watching at it's Best!

Good morning whale watch friends!

What a glorious morning here in St. Andrews! The sun is shining and the robins have moved back into town and that's a sure sign Spring has started!

With an increase in temperatures in the Bay of Fundy region, there is also a rise in water temperature! Rising water temperatures and longer day length triggers the growth of phytoplankton - small, sometimes microscopic marine plants! :) Phytoplankton is the base of the food web in marine environments and plays a vital role for whales! It's almost whale time!! :)
Different species of Phytoplankton
Whales start their migration into the Fundy Isles region, usually mid-June with the first sightings consisting of Minke whales and Harbour Porpoise. The Fin or Finback whale is the second whale to arrive in our waters, typically early to mid-July. Humpback whales arrive around late July and the rare and endangered North Atlantic Right Whale are sometimes seen in our waters as early as August or sometimes as late as October.

Watching a Minke Whale off Head Harbour Light, Bay of Fundy
We are counting down the days until the beginning of the season, Captains Chris, Rob, James and crew cannot wait to see you aboard the Island Quest for what will be one of the most memorable days of your life, time spent with whales! :)
Check back in for more updates and posts about whales and all things Bay of Fundy and St. Andrews!

Nicole :)

Bay of Fundy Sunrise from St. Andrews by-the-sea and Island Quest :)


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Warming Weather and Whales on the Move!

The maritimes have been hammered this winter with some severe storms, including the weatherbomb that hit the east last week bringing 50+cm of snow and 200+km/h winds in the Bay of Fundy!! The good news - it's finally starting to warm up!

We are hearing reports from Florida and Georgia that the Right Whale population is on the move! Heading to their more northerly feeding grounds, the whales are making their way up the coast with their new calves! The Bay of Fundy is the summer home to some of those very special whales!
Pictured here is Mom and Calf pair!
We are looking forward to an amazing season of watching Minke, Finback, Humpback and Right whales along with all of our other favourites from the stable and spacious Island Quest! Have you made your reservation yet? We are booking up quickly for the 2014 whale and wildlife season! Hope to see you all soon!

Nicole :)

Bay of Fundy Sunrise - a beautiful start to a morning of whale watching!