Pelagic Trip Off Grand Manan Island

These two Humpback Whales surfaced in unison right next to the boat. It was like a ballet of the submarines.

These two Humpback Whales surfaced in unison right next to the boat. It was like a ballet of the submarines.

We’ve been birding in New Brunswick, Canada on Grand Manan Island for the past week.  That being said, the most exciting part for me was the pelagic trip we took.  We went out about 17 miles and saw 14 whales, 8 Humpback and 6 Finback.

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The mate threw out fish from the back of the boat and attracted thousands of birds, mostly Greater Shearwaters and Herring Gulls, but also Great Black-backed and Ring-billed Gulls, one Lesser Black-backed Gull, Gannets, Sooty Shearwaters, one Manx Shearwater, several Pomarine Jaegers, two Sabine’s Gulls (lifer for me) and a South Polar Skua.  Along the way we saw Puffins, Red and Red-necked Phalaropes, Wilson’s Storm Petrels and Black Guillemots.  What a day!

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Gulls, common but so lovely

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    Marjorie said,

    I could imagine the feel of a spray of water as the whales passed by and the warmth of the sun as the gulls flew across the blue sky. What a wonderful pelagic trip! Thanks for taking us along.

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