Happy Canada Day!

Marije and I were on a boat tour out of Bay Bulls today, to see if the whales there were doing any special Canada Day tricks. They weren’t. It was a typical boat tour, very similar to the dozens of tours I’ve been on before, so similar in fact it made me wonder what the point of the boat tour was in the first place.

First you see something moving underneath the water:

A Humpback is about to surface - Bay Bulls

A Humpback is about to surface – Bay Bulls

Then you see why a Humpback is called a Humpback:

Hump on a Humpback - Bay Bulls

Hump on a Humpback – Bay Bulls

Then the whale says goodbye with it’s tail, to much ooh’s and aah’s from the tour guests:

Humpback tail - Bay Bulls

Humpback tail – Bay Bulls

The Humpback repeats this sequence maybe five to ten times, and that’s basically your tour right there. Additionally, the guide makes some ‘witty’ remarks and sings a song, and someone goes “hey another Humpb…, oh wait it’s just a Minke” and then that’s the end of it.

Oh yes, there’s pretty birds flying around too:

Atlantic Puffin - Witless Bay Ecological Reserve

Atlantic Puffin – Witless Bay Ecological Reserve

So, what is the point of going on that expensive boat trip if you’ve already done it a dozen times?

This is:

A happy Marije - Witless Bay Ecological Reserve

A happy Marije – Witless Bay Ecological Reserve