Same Mom and Calf

Great trips yesterday with 2 humpback whales, 1 minke whale, 1000 harp seals, a new big iceberg on the horizon, bald eagles, puffins, gannets, guillemots, murres and arctic terns.

The two humpbacks that we saw were the same mother and calf pair from early this week. We had seen them in Trinity Bay on Wednesday and then in Bonavista Bay on Friday! The calf was still just as curious and interactive, splashing boats and generally showing off.

The Last Day of Spring

A beautiful day on the water with 2 humpback whales, 3 minke whales, bald eagles, puffins, gannets, guillemots and murres. 

The old timers say that whatever the wind is tomorrow, on the first day of summer, will be the prevailing wind for the entire summer. The forecast says it will be South South East tomorrow which is a miserable wind here in Trinity bringing fog and cool temperatures. Tune in tomorrow to see if this was the case and for the rest of the summer to see if this rule holds true.

A Whale!


A sweet day on the water today with 1 minke whale, 4 icebergs, bald eagles, gannets, guillemots and murres.

It’s been a few days since we saw a whale so this minke was a welcome sight. There was a time when there was a minke whale in almost every cove around our area. It seems, over the years, that their numbers are declining. They are being hunted in Norway and are very fast whales so it is possible that our minke whales are being targeted when they are not in our waters.

CARIBOU!!

A fun trip today with 4 icebergs, 4 caribou, 8 harp seals, bald eagles, puffins, gannets, guillemots and murres.

There has been a small group of caribou in the western head area for years now but they are rarely seen, unless you live in Tickle Cove and Red Cliff. Apparently they move into the community form time to time, likely to avoid predators. It is such a treat to see them.

The winds have finally let up enough for us to get out to the “dirty” iceberg off of King’s Cove. There are lots of theories about where the sediment on the berg came from. Was it something that the glacier had picked up that got trapped under layers of snow and ice? Is it volcanic ash? Is it something that the iceberg itself has picked up in its travels and as it has melted, it has rolled over and exposed it on the surface? It is difficult to say. There are large bolders so its unlikely that it is volcanic ash. In some areas it looks to be several dump truck loads of this sediment piled on. The only way to know for sure would be to get samples and try to figure out the origin of that particular sediment. If only these bergs could tell the story of their travels.

Changes

We managed to wait out the rain today and had a great time with 2 icebergs, bald eagles, puffins, gannets, guillemots and murres. When going through today’s pictures, it was interesting to note the subtle changes that are occurring as this iceberg melts. Below are two pictures of the same iceberg taken one day apart. Can you see the changes?

There is a lot of melting happening on this berg! Today, the back side is sitting much higher out of the water. It loses a little more every day.

June 2, 2019

June 3, 2019

The Sunny Side

It was foggy on the Trinity Bay side today so we headed for the sunshine in beautiful Bonavista Bay today with 2 icebergs, 2 harp seals, bald eagles, gannets, guillemots and murres. Thanks to our friend Bob Currie from Discovery Sea Adventures who took this picture of us with the iceberg today.