St. John's: Whale Watching with Iceberg Quest

Monday, 20 March 2017

I booked a trip to Vancouver last week, and I leave in just a few days. The excitement of heading to another coast reminded me that I still had a few posts from my St. John's, Newfoundland trip saved to my drafts, including this one about whale watching. Better late than never, right? This post is also especially timely because I'm on the final chapters of The Killer Whale Who Changed The World, Mark Leiren-Young's heartbreaking book about Moby Doll, the first publicly exhibited captive killer whale.

My sister and I booked our whale watching tour through Iceberg Quest, a tour operator with boats that leave from downtown St. John's. We were lucky to see dozens of whales, including a humpback that breached right beside our boat, a number of other humpbacks, minkes, and finback whales. Two other highlights were puffins and the incredible view of the St. John's shore. I tried not to spend the whole tour looking through my camera, but here are a few photos I managed to take.

View from our boat with Signal Hill in the background.

A palace on the water supposedly owned by the owner of Nascar.

A humpback breaches beside our boat (too close to even capture with my lens).

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