What You’ll See

What You’ll See

Whales

Newfoundland is home to many whales. Some stay around all year long, while others are seasonal visitors. All are fascinating in their own respect. Below are the common ones that we see on our tours.

 

humpback

Humpbacks

These “showmen” are regularly seen in our waters during the months of May to September. They can put on some spectacular shows, literally throwing their bodies out of the water (breaching). Humpbacks come to our waters during this time to feed on the enormous amount of capelin that come in from the sea. Typically, the humpbacks that we see are about 12-16 metres with black dorsal colouring and large white pectoral fins. Their dorsal (top) looks like a hump and the dorsal fin is not well defined. Another distinctive feature of the Humpback are their fluked tail, commonly called flukes. They are considered as identifiable features on each humpback. Many have been tracked from the Caribbean to Bermuda to Newfoundland and back, based solely on fluke sightings. Here this Humpback lunge feeds into a group of Capelin swallowing as many as he can repeating this behaviour over and over again.

 

fin whaleFin Whales

These whales are considerably larger, between 20-28 metres and are the second largest whale in the world, second only to the Blue Whale. The are long and slimline, in comparison to the Humpback and are more brown grey than them too. The distinguishing features are their smooth dorsal (top) area and sleek looking dorsal fin.

While they might not breach like the Humpbacks, the Fin whales are equally amazing to see because of their size.

 

sperm whaleSperm Whale

This is a toothed whale as opposed to most all of the other whales that we know which use baleen to filter their catch of fish once swallowed. This whale was immortalised in the Herman Melville novel “Moby Dick”.

Huge blocky heads and about 20 metres in length, they are easily identified by their low and bushy spout, which is projected forward and to the left. We see Sperm Whales many times during the summer into the fall.

 

orcaOrca Whale

Orcas are actually a member of and the largest of the Dolphin family. Also known as Killer Whales, the Orcas that we see are transient pods that travel from far north of Labrador to southern extremes of the island. They are easily distinguished by their fin and their prominent black and white markings which can be seen from afar. They are natural predators but as well, they are natural showmen. The last time that we were fortunate enough to see a show was on August 2010. In that instance we actually observed pod of Orcas attack and eat a Minke Whale.

 

Minke

Minke are the smallest of the whale family. They are here in Newfoundland waters all year long, however, they are mainly seen during the spring to fall months.

 

Icebergs

10426697_825961504082038_4553168666135217953_nCome with Trinity Eco-Tours to see Icebergs! We are situated in what is known as “Iceberg Alley”. Basically, the “alley” is the path that the icebergs travel the Arctic and Greenland to Labrador and then the island of Newfoundland. During Iceberg season, we will launch out of Trinity, Elliston, or Bonavista, depending on where the iceberg is located.

Our last season (2014) proved to be an excellent year for icebergs. We started seeing them in March and they stayed until August. There was quite a wide variety of shapes and sizes last year, the most notable being the sphinx-like one in Elliston. We travelled out to quite a few last year and are always willing to bring a group out. Please call for details of current sightings.

berg blue water front face - CopyHave you seen the iceberg finder site? It gives you information about icebergs as well as approximate locations on all of the icebergs off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador. It has been noticed, though, that the iceberg finder was not been accurate — especially last year (2010). Please call us for an update of all of the Icebergs in the area.

 

Wildlife

Puffin Landing EllistonThe Province of Newfoundland is well known for its abundance of wildlife; within the sea, on the land and in our skies. It’s common to spot all types of birds on tour including Puffins, Bald Eagles, Hawks and a variety of other sea birds. Keep your camera close – you never know what we’ll see in addition to the whales!