WHALES: Sperm Whales Sighted in mid Bay of Fundy

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A sperm whale seen from above.

Date: Sat, 21 Jul 2012 17:48:52 -0300

From: Laurie Murison to NatureNB Listserv

Subject: sperm whales

We headed out toward the shipping lanes today instead of down off White Head Island and were treated with two sperm whales, a basking shark, three minke whales, lots of harbour porpoises and gannets, 3 species of shearwaters, a couple of terns, but just a handful of petrels and phalaropes.

I had suspected we would see sperm whales in the Bay of Fundy for the third summer after hearing that one had been seen in June in the lower Gulf of Maine during an aerial survey for right whales, and it did happen. They are not the easiest whale to watch because of their long dives and ability to move great distances during a dive but their surface periods are also long. One of the whales napped for quite some time while the other one was diving.

Laurie Murison
Grand Manan, NB
(Whales-n-Sails Adventures)


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