"Finback Whales 'Blowing'" Grand Manan Things to Do Tip by Bwana_Brown

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  Pod of Finback Whales Blowing
by Bwana_Brown

We naturally had to get out on the water for an afternoon of whale watching! In our case, we were gone for about 4 hours and experienced some amazing sights - this was the first time that I had tried this! The Bay is home to the world's most endangered whale, the Right whale with only about 1000 remaining. There are also huge Finbacks (2nd largest whale species in the world at 60-80 feet long) as well as Humpback and Minke whales. During our excursion, we came across several pods of both Humpbacks and Finbacks. Although I managed some good video close-ups, the lack of a telephoto lens on my camera at that time made for limited photographic opportunities! This photo shows a distant pod of 3 Finbacks with their backs briefly exposed as they begin a dive - with one of them expelling air in a giant spout. The seas were choppy that day with a cool breeze so we remained bundled up to stay warm and dry. It was great fun bobbing along with all the passengers on the alert for any possible signs of our next sighting! Recently, the shipping channel through the mouth of the Bay of Fundy leading toward the major port of Saint John has been altered and increased in length to keep ships further away from the known whale feeding grounds. This was done to help avoid collisions with the huge 300,000 ton oil tankers and other vessels passing through this shipping lane.

Address: In the Bay of Fundy, near Grand Manan island

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  • Updated May 1, 2004
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