Sunday, June 27, 2010

try this as a link

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=9047225660&v=wall&ref=ts

:-)

BLOGS "OUT"?? FB (Facebook) "IN" ?? LOL

hi folks,

I have a hard time getting back to BLOG ... blogs are kinda "old news" now ... most blogs are not even kept up (like mine)

check us out now on FACEBOOK!!!

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=9047225660&v=wall&ref=ts

:-)

Saturday, August 22, 2009

2009 another year of foggy challenges


Lost in the fog!? ... sorry folks, I've been a little "lost in the fog" this summer to get to post on the blog.

It has been another foggy summer - this can't be "coincidence" any more, it must be "climate change" (?)

But we've had some awfully great ... and some very "LUCKY" trips (too). Some people want to try regardless of the conditions ... who are WE to say "no"!? ... Of course we would never take a "chance" on SAFETY.

When it is foggy and not too windy, we have an excellent chance of hearing the whales blowing (breathing), sometimes miles away. We work together with our colleagues and try to spread out our "effort", and "share" the whale(s) when found. But when it is windy (too) it is hard to hear them, especially with the boats bouncing up and down in the waves and/or slapping water all around the boat (making alot of noise). Sometimes it is just simply "being at the right place at the right time" .. but if you don't go, how can you be? ... "you can't win (the lottery) if you don't buy a ticket!"

Many, many people still want to try, regardless of the conditions and the big difference between US and the "other fellas" is that sooo many people say "it is worth it just for the zodiac ride!" ... there is a HUGE difference between the adventure and FUN ride out in the zodiac vs plowing around in a fishing boat with kids running around impatient, babies crying etc etc.

We've pulled a couple rabbits out of the hat with MOST boats canceling because of the conditions and we still saw whales. Once 3 humpbacks close to shore and last night we were "lucky" enough to find a juvenile humpback flipper slapping and breaching (over and over again). ... That's how we found it! ... Zodiac 2 captain Richie heard "slap ... slap ... slap" in the distance. We worked over in that direction and eventuallyl found the humpback flipper slapping ... it also started to breach over and over. watch for video to be posted on you-tube later this year.

we've added a few of our better shots on the 2009 flikr site and continue to put lots on the picassa site. (go to links page and photo gallery)

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

GREAT STUFF this week

Fog, fog and lots more fog! ... It sure has been a foggy summer! It has been driving me CRAZY!! (Tom - the owner and head guide) ... the fog broke for a couple days and we had some fantastic "events" ... There were A LOT of whales this week! ... Fin, humpback and Minkes. .

... The fog shut in again and we STILL had some great "events" ... in the fog! check out some of the photos . http://www.flickr.com/photos/ocean_explorations/sets/72157602173169070/

you can see other "sets" there from other years too. and videos!



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-XiObx4Sa4

check out "more from oceanexplorationsns" to see other videos from this past week too! What a great week! video

Saturday, July 26, 2008

"Eco-friendly"! Shuttles and Accomodations

"Eco-friendly"! Shuttles and Accomodations

If you don't have a vehicle or want to leave it behind (in Digby), you can come down to us in Tiverton with Kathleen's Shuttle and Tours.

http://www.freewebs.com/digbytoursandshuttle/index.htm

Kathleen is running a special now through August 8th for only $10!! (each way, to Tiverton)


Digby now has a hostel!!

yeahhhh! ... we have often thought that Digby should have a hostel, but it takes real "passion" and committment to run one. I have travelled A LOT in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Caribbean etc. utilizing hostels (when i was a bachelor!, but my wife says she's willing to try a "private room" at a hostel some time). I actually used to have a hostel ... sort of! I did Bed & Breakfast at my place for 10 years when I started in 1986 and I offered hostel rates to hostelers passing through.

http://www.digbyhostel.com/

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Fog cleared! Humpbacks are HERE!!


Well Folks, the wind came around west and northwest and (finally) blew the fog out!

What a great surprise, there are a number of whales out there, including fin, humpback and Minke.

This particular humpback played around the seaward for a while and then just kept on spyhopping (sticking it's head up out of the water) and swimming around us. The people were quite excited. Here's a couple of short video clips from my digital camera.

Oops, I'm back on to edit this. Apparently they won't play here, you'll have to go to my picassa site.
tom

http://picasaweb.google.com/tiverton.tom/WhalesAndWhaleWatching