Whale Watching

Halifax Travel Blog

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A Lobster pot, RRP $80, red headed crew girl not included.

I bombed off to Halifax the following morning to drop J back to her appartment (a daughter of my kind hosts R and his wife A) but ran out of time to get all the way down to Lunenburg on the south shore by 1:30pm, so I headed back into Downtown Halifax to see if I could catch the 3:00 whale watching boat from there.

The 3:00 boat magically became the 4:30 and so I had time to spare. I ducked back to the C.S.S Acadia and hoodwinked my way aboard to see the decks I missed the first time. Before I got press ganged into service for the Halifax Maritime museum, I jumped ashore and found a bench to stop on for lunch.

Soon I was joined by an elderly gentleman who proceeded to give me a condensed synopsis of his life.

A Minke Whale. Apparently.
He was travelling for free from Manitoba, using his train pass. He wanted to see how far he could get, and concluded that Nova Scotia would probably suffice.

I queued for the Whale boat, and observed the crew frantically searching the vessle. My fellow que-ers were transfixed as one staff member would search through the life jacket box on the stern, and then moments later a different staff member would have the same stroke of brilliance followed by dissapointment. Apparently an irrate tourist had lost their wallet on board.  Just as we departed it was discovered in the Gents. The item was hastily passed across to the dockside, much to the relief of the recipient and the rest of the passengers who had watched the saga unfold.

We made good speed for the harbour mouth and out into the bay beyond.

Another Minke Whale with atmospheric fog.
Then we saw a Minke Whale! More hilarity ensued as the mob of eager photographers onboard swarmed from one side of the boat to the other, as we revolved gracefully on the water. I got a few shots, but all you can really see is an errant fin protroding from the water, as if to test how warm the air might be.

Through the encrouching fog we motored around. The crew raised some lobster pots, to show us how they work. Two live lobster and a confused looking crab were offered around to hesitant onlookers, before being thrown back to the depths. We saw two more Minke together, and then a third one joined them, and then later a few seals to top off the voyage. The Fog really started to set in now, so we made for home. All in it was very good, i’d give it an 8 on the andy-o-meter. If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up.

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A Lobster pot, RRP $80, red headed…
A Lobster pot, RRP $80, red heade…
A Minke Whale. Apparently.
A Minke Whale. Apparently.
Another Minke Whale with atmospher…
Another Minke Whale with atmosphe…
Ah my delivery of freshly laundere…
Ah my delivery of freshly launder…
A charter fishing boat
A charter fishing boat
A cruise liner
A cruise liner
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