Monday, August 24, 2009

Bay of Fundy filled with whales and seabirds.

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Two reporters from The Bangor Daily News accompanied the New England Aquarium's Right Whale Field Team for a day in search of whales. Operating each summer out of Lubec, Maine, just across the bridge from Campobello, these researchers keep tabs on these endangered whales that come to the Bay of Fundy each year to feed.

"Where the Whales Are" chronicles a day on the water in search of the Bay of Fundy's endangered right whales. and find whales they do in Grand Manan Basin between Grand Manan and NovaScotia. Here's a short excerpt from the article:

Where the Whales Are
In keeping with a 30-year mission, researchers from the New England Aquarium make their annual trip to Bay of Fundy to track and study endangered North Atlantic species

By Bill Trotter

BDN Staff

The sun had not quite risen Thursday over Campobello as a small group of people clambered onto the 29-foot powerboat Nereid at a dock in the tidal narrows in Lubec. They quietly loaded camera cases, notebooks, electronic equipment, a cooler of food and other items onto the boat as they prepared for a daylong trip out into the Bay of Fundy.

Minutes later, after the crew of six had pushed off from the dock, two members zipped up their coats against the early morning chill and took their positions in the prow of the research vessel to look for marine life as they motored into Canadian waters toward Grand Manan Island. It was too early to know that, over the next 13 hours, they would see an estimated total of 42 right whales lounging and swimming in the bay between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

...There were plenty of distractions in the bay, but the aquarium staffers stuck to their mission of documenting the presence of right whales. Besides porpoises and several types of sea birds, pods of finback whales could be seen blowing multiple vertical sprays of water droplets in the distance, while even farther away humpbacks were occasionally seen breaching out of the water and then sending large splashes skyward as their bodies fell back down.

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Photo Credit: New England Aquarium