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Whales are watching in front of Newfoundland

The whale dives
The whale dives

Whales are watching in Newfoundland

Watching whales close up - that's what we should experience on an afternoon at St. John's in Newfoundland, Canada. But I suggest: The capital of the Atlantic Province is very well protected at a harbor basin, which is separated by a narrow driveway from the Atlantic Ocean. Since I'm not very seaworthy, I waited with mixed feelings for the ride on Iceberg Quest Tours' small boat to take us out to the open Atlantic, where we hoped to see whales.

Normally, I always watch the swell in the region where such a boat trip takes us, and only then do I decide whether to take the risk of driving out to the open sea with a small nut shell - especially if that is the case Big is like the Atlantic. This was not possible here because on one side of Signal Hill harbor entrance and on the other side of the fort of Fort Amherst the open view of the ocean prevented. I wanted to see whales, so I tentatively got into the boat in the harbor of St. John's - an excellent decision, as it turned out.

Port entrance St. John's, Newfoundland
Port entrance St. John's, Newfoundland
Fort Amherst
Whales are watching in front of Fort Amherst

Whales watching in St. John's, Newfoundland

The sea is calm as we follow a fishing boat out into the Atlantic Ocean. To the left of us is the Rock of Signal Hill, and on the right we see the defenses of Fort Amherst watching over the entrance to the port of St. John's. Then our captain turns south towards Cape Spear and after a few minutes we see the fountains of two fin whales near the shore. They quietly pull their tracks in the windless water and again and again their elongated backs emerge from the sea with the short, back-bent dorsal fins and plow through the small waves that arise off the coast. Our helmsman keeps his distance and waits patiently for some distance from the whales. He gives the animals the choice, whether they want to approach us.

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Breath hole of a whale
Breath hole of a whale

The whales are fine with us

We are lucky! The whales are curious and swim towards our boat. Closer and closer are the two colossi until they emerge right next to the boat from the depths of the sea. We hear the loud noise that comes from expelling the compressed breathing air with a lot of pressure and we can see how the breathing hole on her head opens and closes. Almost we can feel the small droplets of condensed breath that they spray into the air. They show no fear of us, but rather seem to play with us, because again and again they appear next to us. It's as if they are watching us too. They come so close that we can see every bump in their thick skin.

Whale fluke
Whale fluke
Whales are watching in front of Cape Spear
Whales are watching in front of Cape Spear

Whales watch with success

Only after some time the game becomes boring and they dive into the depths of the Atlantic. As they say goodbye, they show us their flukes before they elegantly disappear into the blue water. Since the two are no longer showing up even after a long wait, the captain decides to continue in the direction of Cape Spear. And again we are lucky! This time, it's humpback whales that play their games with us. And they also show no fear and come close to our boat. Between the cape and our boat, they appear again and again and with their side fins beat with loud clapping on the water - almost so whether they want to make the audience on the boat and from land to attract attention. Anyway, they can be sure of our undivided attention.

Finn whale blas
Finn whale blas
Dive into the depths
Dive into the depths

A minke whale, humpback whales and fin whales

And so it continues. We see a minke whale, several humpback whales and our two fin whales on the way back towards the port. They are very active and seem to want to show us their behaviors. Finally we drive back towards the harbor contentedly while the captain allows us to look out for whales from his bridge. Already in the distance you can see the blow rising from the water. Even the old fur seal that steers our boat is caught by the hunting fever, and it heads towards the two whale fountains. But this time it's too late. When we get there, the two animals have already submerged and no longer show up. Don't worry. In any case, my seaworthiness no longer occurred to me during our whale watching trip. This experience was far too exciting for that.

Look out for whales
Look out for whales
Whales watching with Iceberg Quest in St. John's, Newfoundland
Happy: whale watching with Iceberg Quest in St. John's, Newfoundland was a great experience

The whale watching tours of Iceberg Quest Tours at St. John's are among the Signature Experiences in Canada, the best experiences the country has to offer - rightly, we believe.

Very important to us Whale Watching always, that does not put the animals in stress. There are a number of points that should be considered if you want Watch whales sustainably, The tours of Iceberg Quest follow these principles. They leave at Pier 6 in St. John's, Newfoundland.


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Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
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Responses

  1. Kuno
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    Wow, the photos of the whales have become really good! :)
    All the Canadian reports are really well written and informative. I was also in Canada in September. Had I known this blog before, that would have been very helpful and inspiring. But even so I am happy to read about all the experiences here :)
    Regards

    • Monika & Petar Fox
      | Reply

      Hello Vanessa, at this whale watching we were really lucky. We have been lovers of Canada for many years. We are always drawn there. The country has so much to offer. Maybe you will come again? Best regards, Monika

  2. Monika & Petar Fox
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    Hi Chris,

    yes, we were lucky. So you do not always see the whales. Every whale watching is different. That's what makes the charm of such a tour. After all, you are not in a zoo, where you are guaranteed to see the animals close. The exciting thing is whether and how close you can see them.

    Best regards, Monika

  3. Anita
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    A beautiful contribution with breathtaking photos!

  4. Karin
    | Reply

    Hello you two, the pictures are absolutely amazing! Must be an incredible experience.

    LG Karin

    • Monika & Petar Fox
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      Thanks, Karin. Yes, that's it. Especially when a whale came so close that we could see his breathing hole. That was crazy!

  5. Ralf Falkowski
    | Reply

    Hello Monika, thank you for the great impressions & pictures from Canada and thank you for bringing me so much to the taste and now I know that I have made the right decision. In August 2017, I am in Canada by camper through Newfoundland, my 2. Station on the world trip.

  6. Katja
    | Reply

    Everything really fit that day, right?
    The beast, the weather ... just beautiful.

    Greetings Katja

    • Monika & Petar Fox
      | Reply

      Yes, that's right, Katja. Just like on this day you rarely see them :)

  7. Klaus Reuss
    | Reply

    Hi monika,
    that are really great photos a great report! I imagine how impressive it must be to experience these fascinating animals in nature and up close! I was also very happy that there are tours that treat the animals with respect.

    • Monika & Petar Fox
      | Reply

      Hello Klaus,

      Thank you very much for your comment. It is very special to experience the whales so close.

      Best regards,
      Monika

  8. Barbara
    | Reply

    Hello Monika and Petar!

    I've done whale watching three times (in Argentina, the US and Sri Lanka) and always thought it was awesome! Thanks for the great pictures that are really unique!

    Best regards
    Barbara

  9. Anja
    | Reply

    Hallo,
    Unfortunately, I've only made it to dolphins so far, but whales I would love to see. Well, I find your information about the providers.
    gruß
    Anja

    • Monika & Petar Fox
      | Reply

      Hi Anja,

      Yes, whale watching in Canada is strictly regulated, which I like. If the whales enjoy it, they come to the boats. Sometimes they even dive beneath them. But they do it of their own free will.

      Best regards,
      Monika

  10. Nicolo
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    Dear Monika, dear Petar,
    that was certainly a great experience. I've only seen dolphins and seals live off the Irish coast so far. Whales are certainly something else again. At the moment I only travel Europe. But outside of our continent, I have always flirted with Canada. I recently had a brunch with Canadian specialties. Delicious.

    At some point I'll come there too. And then, hopefully, there are whales left.

    Sunny greetings,
    Nicolo

    • Monika & Petar Fox
      | Reply

      Dear Nicolo,

      oh, the whales will surely be there :). But experiencing dolphins and seals off Ireland's coast is also something special, is not it? Were you in Dingle?

      Best regards,
      Monika

  11. Christina from Mrs.Berry
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    Fantastic! I also had the luck to watch whales in South Africa and it was just amazing. Can imagine as well as you felt. Great pictures.

    Best regards
    Christina

  12. Janet
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    Oh how nice! I would also like to marvel at these fascinating creatures at close range. You were really lucky!

  13. Ina
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    Oh, I love whales !! And you were fortunate enough to see three different species directly. That's really great.
    Your concerns about the seasickness, I can understand. Normally I do not have that, but at the Waltour in South Africa I felt sick at some point because I was looking through the camera all the time.
    LG
    Ina

    • Monika & Petar Fox
      | Reply

      Yes that's true. However, there are several places in Canada where, if you're lucky, you might see different species of whales at once. For example, in Tadoussac, Quebec, that's possible. And as far as the seasickness is concerned, it obviously depends on the form of the day. In Australia, I was once at the Great Barrier Reef at sea with waves of two to three meters without feeling anything. In Florida, on the other hand, I once drove out on a glassy bottomed lake in a glass bottom boat and I was so spoiled that I had the feeling that I was about to die. : D

  14. Daniela
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    So a nutshell on the sea and I'm such a thing. Can understand your concerns. But sometimes you have to jump over his shadow to get ahead. What your beautiful report once again proves. Great photos. :-)

    LG Daniela

    • Monika & Petar Fox
      | Reply

      That's right, Daniela. Glad if you like my photos :) Thank you for the nice comment.

  15. Robert
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    Whales are simply majestic (not to be confused with matjes!) Creatures. Nice that you two could take such a great experience. Canada has a lot to offer!
    Best regards

    • Monika & Petar Fox
      | Reply

      I can only agree with that, Robert. We love both Canada and the whales :)

  16. Nina
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    Wow is that nice! I have been able to watch whales in New Zealand and was blown away. A real dream!

    Vg, Nina

    • Monika & Petar Fox
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      Yes, whale watching can be very impressive, Nina. In Alaska I was lucky enough to see humpback whales doing bubble netting. Then they dive into the depths under a shoal of fish and come back up in groups with their mouths wide open. This is an experience that will remain in your memory for life :)

  17. Marion
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    Hi monika,
    Since you had really really lucky in your Waltour!
    And a little luck is always part of it. I was on a whale watching tour in New Zealand: The boat in front of us was unlucky and did not see a single whale. Shortly after our boat left the harbor, we immediately discovered the first one. It should be a total of 5 whales. A great experience!
    Thank you for the nice pictures.
    Best regards,
    Marion

    • Monika & Petar Fox
      | Reply

      Yes, that's not always the case, but this time the whales meant it well with us :) Such experiences, as you describe them, I also often had.

      Best regards,
      Monika

  18. Orange Diamond Blog
    | Reply

    Hi monika,
    The report reads like a reportage on a natural channel. Very well written and provided with great pictures. That makes you want to travel to Newfoundland. Thanks for that!

    Best regards,
    Alex.

    • Monika & Petar Fox
      | Reply

      Thank you for the nice compliment, Alex. Newfoundland is definitely worth a visit.

      Best regards,
      Monika

  19. Sabine
    | Reply

    How great! Wonderful pictures! I have not seen whales yet, I have been wishing for this experience for some time and hope to enjoy it someday. I think it's really good that you are following the rules of conduct and the serious choice of providers. You should always show respect to animals and not intervene in the natural process. Unfortunately, too little is paid to this. Thinking about elephant riding and tiger selfies makes me sick.
    Best regards
    Sabine

    • Monika & Petar Fox
      | Reply

      Liebe Sabine

      nice, if you like my photos. On this tour, the whales did well with us :) In Canada, the rules for wildlife watching are very strict. I think that's absolutely right.

      Best regards,
      Monika

  20. around World
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    We also saw whales in our sailing adventures. These animals are always so fascinating. I would have liked to jump into the water to swim with them :-) So, thanks to your reports, Canada is becoming our next destination for us! Thanks to both of you!
    All the best,
    Helen & Tobias

    • Monika & Petar Fox
      | Reply

      I'm glad that our Canada reports inspire you to travel there, Helena & Tobias. We do not get enough of it :)

      Best regards,
      Monika and Petar

  21. Alex
    | Reply

    Such beautiful pictures! A really unique experience, I can imagine ... that is still on my list! I will save the many great information right away! :)

    • Monika & Petar Fox
      | Reply

      Hi Alex,

      I'm glad, if you like the photos. We were really lucky that the whales wanted to play with our boat. You do not see them that well every time.

      Best regards,
      Monika

  22. Annika
    | Reply

    Great, the encounter with whales I imagine just magical!
    LG Annika

  23. Catherine
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    Hi monika,
    a super nice report and great photos. With the concerns about the seaworthiness I can fully understand - I always think very carefully whether I should really dare. But my chewing gums help me very reliably in the meantime. I would also like to observe whales. Hope it works out soon.
    Best regards
    Catherine

    • Monika & Petar Fox
      | Reply

      Hello Katharina,

      I'm glad if you like the report and the photos. I usually have sea sickness pills while traveling, so I can prepare myself for such undertakings on rough seas. It was not necessary for this tour. I can not get enough of whales. Every whale watching tour is different.

      Best regards,
      Monika

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