Common Sightings on our Whale Watching Tours

Throughout the spring and summer a variety of mammals thrive on the abundance of marine life near the coastlines of Cape Breton Island. These particular areas are exceptionally rich in nutrients that attract a variety of whales, fish and other marine wildlife.

Common sightings during our whale watching tours include:
  • Minke Whales that are fast and often curious around boats  
  • Humpback Whales over fifty feet long breaching and rolling in the ocean
  • Fin Whales often travelling in pods and are the second largest whale on the planet
  • Dolphins that tend to be very curious and like to breach the water
  • Pilot Whales commonly travelling in large pods
  • Harbor Porpoises travelling in small pods (they are quite shy)
  • Blue Fin Tuna that can be quite large; some are over 1000 pounds!
  • Sun Fish that are prehistoric looking and enjoy basking in the summer sun
  • Leatherback and Loggerhead Sea Turtles dining on jellyfish
A variety of birds can also be seen throughout the tour such as Bald Eagles, Northern Gannets, Guillemots and sometimes even Puffins!

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