Monday, March 26, 2018

Best Whale Watching Tours in Newfoundland

I just read a whale watching review by someone in Michigan today who was here and only mentioned one boat tour with the title Best Whale Watching in Newfoundland.. I thought that is a pretty limited point of view as to what we see. SO I said to myself "Hey Skipper Bob, you are an expert maybe you should throw your hat in the arena and venture some opinions." Though biased because I am a whale aficionado(self proclaimed by the way). I know of few others around who are more passionate about whales who has personally observed (and filmed) their feeding, breeding and migratory behaviour. Plus I have even caught them well... erghhh... unghhhh... well farting!!!😬😬😬😬😬😬😬

I have travelled to the south in The Dominican Republic and ventured offshore to the Silver Banks where the mothers bear the young. Seeing a newborn calf exploring its surroundings while some strange two legged creature swims around for an unknown purpose to him. 

There is magic in that. There is magic in listening and filming an inverted Humpback singer calling out his lonely call to others. 

I have filmed a sleeping Humpback in the northern waters of Trinity Bay my home and the base for our tours. Don't watch all the way to the end as it is not exciting to watch someone sleep!!

We have thousands of pictures, videos and personal experiences to share from our nine consecutive years on the water. So yeah I am going to say I am an expert!  Plus we have been kissed by a whale and I have the video to prove it. Don't worry Finnegan I am not the kind to kiss and tell, well maybe in your case.

Growing up in the province I have travelled almost everywhere you could possibly go, experience, swim, dive, walk and film of this island we call home. I love this place there is no place I would rather be. You know how you tell all the Newfoundlanders in heaven? They are the ones that still want to go home!!!!!
I will say the Northeast Avalon is among the best if not the best for whale watching. With a combination of spawning Capelin which draws the whales. the Fin, Humpback and Minke whales that migrate to feed on them. Combined with the fact that we get such splendid icebergs, Puffins, Northern Gannets, Cormorrants, Bald Eagles, spectacular seascapes and caves Best Whale Watching yeah we do that!!!

Well we have the most to see that I know of in just one tour. We have the videos. pictures and testimonials to prove it.
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If you can find better viewing from videos taken on anyone's whale tours in Newfoundland I would be very surprised so I think I will throw my hat in the ring for BEST WHALE WATCHING TOUR IN NEWFOUNDLAND!!!

My advice is when you want to find out something that is the best ask someone local and check out Newfoundland!! All their providers are Tourism Assurance Plan certified as accommodations, tour and guest services fully qualified and competent to give you your best experience. 
Everyone has great experiences on their visit here. It is something magical about the place we call home, Newfoundland. Well let Skipper Bob talk about it abit.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

"Skipper Bob Do Whales Fart?" my young guest asked me.

"Skipper Bob do whales fart?" my young guest asked me. Of course it brought some laughter to the group I was leading at the time. Only 6 year olds can ask such straightforward questions without rebuke!

Well it stumped me for a minute or two. Whales have digestive tracts like all mammals with a stomach and intestines. One of the reasons I had heard experts claim whales breached was to help to evacuate their bowels so did this mean that they did not have the gas propellant in their digestive tracts to aid in this necessary function. SO I had to look up and tell him I was not sure. I had never seen a whale have flatulence though  I was pretty sure I had smelled something similiar on our excursions. The smell I always said was the whale's breath but what if it wasn't! That sulphurous odiferous smell on occasion could be exactly what it smelled like GAS!

Whales make scat in the ocean all the time and I have seen it on many occasions and occasionally have swam through their poop. 
NOTE TO SELF: Keep mouth closed and keep snorkel above surface!!!!!!!!!!!!

Well of course when we reached shore Google provided the answer for me.

Yes whales do FART (flatulence for us older than 6). Their digestive tracts are like humans that digest and produce gas in their guts and intestines that can escape from their whale bums.

Of course none of this should surprise me nature being what it is. A natural process for mammals should be universal. Well I have proof below. Watch the video and see for yourself Whales do Fart Tim!! You can see the gas rising from his tail and no it is not air from his blowhole it is too far away. I also slowed down the video at the end so you can see better!! 

Keep up your ecological wonder of the world Tim and don't stop asking questions!!!!!

Your buddy,
Skipper Bob Bartlett

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Why Trinity Is a Must for Your Newfoundland Vacation !!!

Top Ten Reasons Trinity Is a Must for Your Newfoundland Vacation

If you are thinking about coming to Newfoundland for that unique vacation then no doubt you have heard of or already looked up Trinity. We are possibly the most popular area to visit on the island. What makes us so popular? Well here are my humble or not so humble top ten reasons for visiting Trinity.

1O. Trinity has been a popular tourist destination for decades (we were Touristy when Touristy was still just an idea so we know what you are looking for) and we have the museums, amenities to entertain you.

9.  We have accommodations all over the bight ranging from economy based to high end rentals available throughout the summer.You can find local cuisine such as Moose Burgers and Fish and Chips to Haute Cuisine.
The Minke Whale Room at Trinity Eco-tours Lodge

8.   Trinity has been maintained as an historically and  architecturally correct community from Newfoundland's past. It is very hard to find the wooden churches, stores, museums, courthouse, etc...  from a gone by era of Newfoundland's history as most communities have replaced them with newer structures or just removed them. Visit the cooperage where barrels were manufactured and Lester Garland house where the local fish merchants set up their headquarters as well as the local museums. Every house in Trinity has a history and most date beck into the 1800's.

7. Visit the local lighthouse at Fort Point where there is also an historical interpretation center in addition to an historical walk that includes the walk through the area where a British Garrison was stationed to protect Trinity Harbour in 1746.

Fort Point Lighthouse Historical Walk and Museum

6.Come see where the stars have been. Trinity and the bight area have hosted three separate film adventures. The first was a CBC mini series called Random Passage. It was based on a book by Bernice Morgan about the rugged outport life of the settlers who came to Newfoundland, their struggles and way of Life.
A few years later a major Hollywood production was filmed here called The Shipping News starring Kevin Spacey, Judy Denche, Julianne Moore, Kate Blanchette amongst several other well known stars.
Most recently in 2013 The Grand Seduction featuring Brendan Gleason and Taylor Kitsch was filmed here. No doubt these two Hollywood stars were looking for an independent film to test their acting talents in such a remote location. They became well known to some of the local population who had varying roles in the movie. NO doubt they felt welcome not because they were stars but because everyone here treated them as they treat each other, no different. It is one of the marvelous things about Trinity, no matter how big or  how small you are all equally welcome to this community.

5. Skerwink Trail is one of the top ten trails in Canada with views unparallelled probably in the rest of the world. Walk along on open ocean seascape where you can see the beautiful rugged coastline, birds, animals (sometimes there are moose on the trail as well), birds and whales pass the coastline in season.
Skerwink Trail overlooking the Bay

4 Hiking is very popular in the bight and the entire Bonavista Peninsula. Trails are available to hike from short to long to meet your fitness level and ability.
Bird Island Puffin Sanctuary hike

3. Rising Tide Theater made Trinity their home base over thirty years ago. They were the first theater company on the island to set up in rural Newfoundland and produce local plays as part of the summer season in Trinity. Come see new plays or some old favorites. Everyone should attend Ye Olde Trinity Pageant which acts out historical events from Trinity and Newfoundland's past.
Ye Olde Trinity Pageant 

2. Icebergs have been a focal point for Trinity as we are located in Iceberg Alley where icebergs pass and get stuck in the channels and shallows as they pass around the Bonavista Peninsula. Videos of bergs  by Trinity Eco-tours have been featured on ABC-7 News, Washington Post, McLean's Magazine and CBC French Canada. Check out our videos online on our YouTube Channel, Trinity Eco-tours Lodge.
Maberly Iceberg from 2016 that fascinated the world!!

1. Number one reason to visit Trinity is to take one of our signature whale watch tours when in season you can see Humpback Whales, Dolphins, Porpoises, Fin Whales, Sperm Whales and Minke. We have our Puffin Colony that we visit. Seals, Bald Eagles, Northern Gannets, Guillemots, Cormorants and Shearwaters are some of the species we experience regularly. Visit our Facebook page or our Youtube Channel to see some of our regular sightings. The Experience of a Lifetime is our theme and mantra so come and experience it for yourself. I am sure it will be your number one memorable experience in Trinity with Trinity being your potential favorite place.
From our tours this past summer!!!
Finnegan the Friendly Humpback from 2016

Sunday, October 16, 2016

10 Reasons a Zodiac Whale Watching Trip is Better than a Big Boat Ride

10 Reasons a Zodiac Whale Watching Trip is better than a Big Boat Whale Watching tour

10. A better view- That is right being on the water does not give you that high up and distant feeling away from the subjects you came to be close to.

Our Humpback Friend Finnegan (see the CBC  story about Finnegan) 

9. A more personal experience - when you leave a zodiac tour that has had interactions with whales and wildlife there is a greater sense of awe and personal satisfaction. Why? Because you were in the thick of it!

Orcas on our August trips

8. More social interaction - Instead of being one of 50 on a big boat you are one of no more than 11 people aboard our boats so we do get to ask you where you are from, what your highlights of the trip are so far (hoping ours is going to be it after today!!!), We also recommend events or sites that you should see in our area and indeed across the rest of the island.

Olympic Gold Medalists Jennifer Jones and Jill Officer

7. Get to meet your Skipper - Instead of being ferried around by someone you don't see or meet, talk and ask your skipper exactly what you expect to see, discuss any feature of the tour or places. Talk about the safety features of our Rigid Hull Inflatables with him and be confident that your safety and comfort are our first priorities!

Skipper Bob

6. Smell the salt air - That's right be at water level and smell the ocean, it is a wonderfully intoxicating and liberating experience. Unlike whale breath which you will also get close enough to smell but you won't  notice that as the proximity to a whale is more awe inspiring!!

Orca Breaching

5. Comfort - sitting in a neoprene immersion suit all warm and toasty as opposed to be on the deck of a large vessel in a windbreaker because you forgot to pack something warmer...  common.

Warm Guests on an Iceberg Tour

4. A shared experience - On our tours we all need to watch for whales. We keep a 360 degree vigil and it is a team effort from before we even leave the dock. For that three hours you meet wonderful people also on our tours, share a fabulous experience and maybe even exchange photos with us and your fellow fun seekers!!

Wonderful warm group in our suits sharing the love, Sweet Whale Love!!!!

3. Get closer - You are a lot more likely to get closer to whales in a Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (Zodiac)than a big boat. Whales have to look out for the big boats because if they get too close they can hurt them with the props or the keel. We maneuver our boats out of their way and let them be socially interactive if they choose.

Whale lunge feeding on the surface

2. Better photo ops -  Trying to get some good shots? Well Zodiac Whale/Iceberg/Bird Watching  is the way to go!
Be close on the water and be ready when the whales are close as opposed to being on a deck 10 to 12 feet above the water. Try not to get any whale spray on that lens!!
Blue water faced iceberg Bonavista
1. The Thrill of a Lifetime - I have been a passenger on tour boats in the Dominican Republic trying to study whales. Frankly here in the cooler waters of Newfoundland there is a level of whale activity I have never experienced anywhere including swimming with whales. The whales are gorging themselves on feed here for the long winter ahead. That means they are busy and when they are full and happy they are also quite active. Breaching whales, tail lobbing, spy hopping and peduncle throws are fairly common experiences here. See our Facebook page for our daily feed and past pictures.
Skipper Bob and Finnegan
Look up our YouTube channel to see some of the underwater footage we got his year including lunge feeding Humpbacks, Beluga, Orcas and lots of other stuff.

Look up our Facebook page too!!

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