Great day for whale watching!

Fin Whale in Passamaquoddy Bay, 17 July 2013 (Robert Miller photo)

Fin Whale in Passamaquoddy Bay, 17 July 2013 (Robert Miller photo)


Although I grew up in the Maritimes surrounded by the ocean and its creatures, I’ve never gone whale watching before – until yesterday.

With friends, I boarded the Island Quest in St. Andrews, New Brunswick, one of many whale watching tours available in the community.

We left the dock and headed out toward Passamaquoddy Bay with Deer Island on one side and the United States on the other – Eastport, Maine.

We cruised past several tiny islands – one of which we were told was owned by Hollywood actor Tom Selleck – and passed numerous porpoises leaping in and out of the water.

We finally saw whales near Campobello Island – both the Fin Whale and the Minke Whale which are common in the area.

They were an amazing sight as they breached the water – something our tour guide told us was extremely rare.

On the way back, we passed cultivated salmon farms and a small island filled with seals!

A great day on Passamaquoddy Bay and the weather cooperated too – mostly cloudy and temperatures in the low 20’s C.

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