With three full days of survey in excellent conditions and no right whales to be seen we were rejuvenated by a report from our colleagues in the air. An aerial survey had found a group of approximately 15 right whales about 40 miles offshore of Miscou Island, New Brunswick. Miscou marks the separation of Baie des Chaleur with the Gulf of St. Lawrence. In order to travel to the reported location in the R/V Callisto we needed a day of preparation. The sighting was far from our wharf (about 80 miles) and we quickly realized that moving the Callisto and launching from Lameque Island (via Miscou Harbor) made more sense. However, the drive would take over two hours on dark, secondary roads well before sunrise if we wanted to be on the water at first light. We had been warned many times from the locals about the real threat of moose on the road and car accidents. We took advantage of a windy day on land and packed our food cooler, equipment and the boat and drove to Caraquet (about halfway between Janeville and Miscou Harbor).
|With our rented life raft in place we were ready to head offshore. Photo: Monica Zani|
|Alex and Brigid navigate the narrow, sandy cut between Miscou Island and Lameque Island called Fox Den Gully. Photo: Monica Zani|
|Two fin whales swim in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence. Photo: Monica Zani|
|The entrance to Miscou Harbor via Fox Den Gully is narrow but extremely well marked. Photo: Monica Zani|
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