Cape Breton Whale Numbers Increasing

Whale Watch Operators Report Abundant Sightings as Summer Begins

Matthew Fraser, spokesperson for Oshan Whale Cruise based in Bay St. Lawrence at the Top of Cape Breton Island, reported today that large numbers of minke whales are once again being sighted off the tip of the island.

“While it’s true that our sightings percentage is generally in the high 90’s in any given season”, Fraser stated, “once again we’re seeing a larger number of Minke whales per sighting than normal.  Minke whales are generally pretty independant, and we normally see only one or two Minkes per sighting, but this season it’s more in the order of four to six whales at a time.”
Fraser also reports that sighting rates of other species of whales is similar to previous years.
“As you know, Bay St. Lawrence is known to host big whales each summer, and we are seeing our usual numbers of humpbacks and fin whales. Also, the are still in the area jumping around, and dolphins and hundreds of pilot whales are just arriving . It’s the minkes, however, that are surprising us this season. As the summer progresses into fall and the mackeral continue to fill the bay, sightings of every type should become even more frequent and whales more plentiful.”

Fraser also noted that Oshan’s visitor count is strong, with positive comments relating not only to the whales, but also to the spectacular scenery at the Top of the Island. “To see this incredible cliffs-to-ocean scenery from the water while watching a variety of whales is just icing on the cake.” he added.

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