Thursday's Child: Whale Watching, Twillingate, Newfoundland

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Of all the outdoor adventures we've had as a family, one of the most memorable for the girls was our whale-watching expedition in Twillingate, Newfoundland.

We visited Twillingate in early August of 2007, in prime whale-watching season. Many whales spend their summer in the rich waters surrounding Newfoundland before heading south to the Caribbean for the winter. The province is summer home to the world's largest population of humpbacks, and Twillingate is one of the best places to see them. There are 22 species in the area, but the humpbacks are the most popular.

The afternoon we went out, only two tourist boats were on the water. We both quickly migrated to the same area when it became clear where the whales were.




We were dazzled by our proximity to the whales. And when one swam directly under our boat, then reappeared on the other side, we tried not to think about the size of an average humpback - up to 50 feet long, and weighing 30 tons or more. We were relieved he gave himself plenty of clearance.

A humpback's tail is as distinctive as a fingerprint is for humans. Although we weren't savvy enough to distinguish between the whales we saw that day, we were grateful for the chance to see such spectacular animals from a very close vantage point.



Photo taken before our whale-watching expedition.
We were a little more windswept on our return!


16 comments:

Gloria Baker said...

Beautiful!! I love Whales!! Thanks by sharing Beth!!

Juliana Levine said...

Oh Beth! Great pictures...I am so glad that you all had a great time.
Hope you are enjoying your week :)

Joanne said...

These are so breathtaking!

Liz Berg said...

What a fabulous experience! I would have been dazzled, too :)

Valerie Gamine said...

I have fond memories of whale watching in Maine when I was little. I even wrote a typically long-winded report on humpback whales for a 7th grade writing assignment. :D

Great photos, Beth! I'd vacation in the Caribbean, too. ;)

Julie said...

The whales are so amazing. I've seen them a few times in Mexico and on cruises. Beautiful creatures. Hope you are having a great week!!!

Patty Price said...

We went whale watching in Mexico ..would love to make this trip!

Katerina said...

What a fun experience Beth! I wish I will live something similar someday!

Barbara said...

Great photos, Beth. How fortunate you were to see them so close!

Monica said...

To be that close to the whales...great pics, Beth!

Joy said...

Hi! Dropping by from Linda's blog. It amazing to see those creatures.
What a lovely family you have!

Joy said...

Hi! Dropping by from Linda's blog. It amazing to see those creatures.
What a lovely family you have!

Laura Dembowski said...

Awesome photos! That must have been absolutely amazing to see in person!

Cakelaw said...

I love your photos - what an amazing trip! I have been dolphin watching in NZ - does that count?

I Wilkerson said...

Awesome experience! Whale watching is definitely on my bucket list!

nancy at good food matters said...

wonderful! this is one of my dreams.

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