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Port aux Basques to Port au Port

When the MV Highlanders docked in Port aux Basques last month, I stood on the top deck, quietly taking in the sunrise and breathing in the crisp Newfoundland air. Fresh air wasn’t on the list of things I had consciously missed about living on the Rock, but when I breathed it in I embraced it […]

Dawn companion

Sunrise hikers often see animals and animal behaviour that isn’t easily seen during the day. When I still lived in Newfoundland I went out on sunrise hikes all the time, and on many occasions I would run into inquisitive foxes. Curious by nature, these foxes would often come over to check me out, weary at first but soon confident enough to walk […]

Otter slide in Small Point Cove

It’s always nice to see otters when you’re out on the coast, especially when they’re being playful. Here’s a scene I came upon five years ago when I was hiking the East Coast Trail above Spout Cove, one of the many scenic places on Stiles Cove Path: The otter itself was nowhere to be seen, but it was easy to see […]


When Marije still worked at the Ocean Sciences Centre she would often make long hours and I’d pick her up well after sunset. Driving home along Marine Drive we’d frequently see foxes on the side of the road, especially between nine and ten. One night we saw a fox just taking in the view at the Outer Cove viewpoint, […]

Lion’s mane jellyfish

In waters far colder than ours, lion’s mane jellyfish can reach monstrous sizes. With tentacles trailing more than 30 metres behind their huge bells, these bad boys grow longer than even the longest blue whales… In Newfoundland, the largest specimens I’ve seen are about the size of a large man, not nearly as colossal as the ones up North but still something you […]

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