Say, is that a Sei? Highlights for the week of June 12th.

It’s been a busy week here. We have been operating in both Trinity and Bonavista Bay this week. The weather is still pretty cool and rainy, we are hoping that the capelin come soon. We have had some beautiful encounters this week with whales and seals and also with some interesting shaped icebergs.

A humpback dives in front of an iceberg in Trinity Bay.

A humpback dives in front of an iceberg in Trinity Bay.

A minke whale dives in front of an iceberg in Bonavista Bay.

A minke whale dives in front of an iceberg in Bonavista Bay.

Humpbacks are so skinny when they first arrive as they do not feed on their southern migration.  Note the vertebra sticking out on the back of this whale.  It's great to see these animals fatten up over the summer.

Humpbacks are so skinny when they first arrive as they do not feed on their southern migration. Note the vertebra sticking out on the back of this whale. It’s great to see these animals fatten up over the summer.

The "whale" iceberg in Bonavista Bay.

The “whale” iceberg in Bonavista Bay.

The best surprise of the week!  This animal was originally reported on our sites as a fin whale.  When we looked at the photos after the trip, we noticed that this whale's blow hole and dorsal fin are both visible in the photo making it a sei whale. These animals are often mistaken for fin whales as they are similar in size and shape.  To our knowledge we have never seen one before.....until now!

The best surprise of the week! This animal was originally reported on our sites as a fin whale. When we looked at the photos after the trip, we noticed that this whale’s blow hole and dorsal fin are both visible in the photo making it a sei whale. These animals are often mistaken for fin whales as they are similar in size and shape. To our knowledge we have never seen one before…..until now!

A Bumpy Tail

Had a great day out there today with 4 icebergs, 4 humpbacks, 1 minke whale, puffins, bald eagles and murres. One of the humpbacks had a very distinct tail. On the left hand side a cross on the bottom right a knob off flesh hanging down. This is likely damage from an entanglement.

One of today's humpbacks with a very distinct tail.

One of today’s humpbacks with a very distinct tail.

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You can really see the piece of flesh that hangs off the bottom of this tail in this shot.

You can really see the piece of flesh that hangs off the bottom of this tail in this shot.

Another humpback dives in front of an iceberg on today's trip.

Another humpback dives in front of an iceberg on today’s trip.

A Great Start to the Season!

We did our first trip of the season last Friday, May 20th. We are off to a great start with humpbacks and multiple icebergs in our area. We have also been seeing puffins and bald eagles on every trip. There are even a couple of harp seals in the area right now. Life is good! Looking forward to a fantastic season!