Whale Watching with the Grandkids

My grandson Sammy loves whales and can tell you all kinds of information about them. So when he and his family came to visit Halifax, we just had to take a whale watching trip. Unfortunately, we did not see any whales, but we still had lots of fun.

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whale watching tour

whale watching tour

Forgot to take a picture of the ship we were on: The Halegonian III. We had beautiful weather and stayed on the top deck most of the time. The tour took about 2½ hours and took us just slightly outside the mouth of the harbour and back.

whale watching looking at Dartmouth, NS

whale watching looking at Dartmouth, NS

And off we go. The kids are intrigued.

whale watching with the Munchkins

whale watching with the Munchkins

On a chimney of an abandoned building on St. George’s island sat a bald eagle. The island looks deceivingly empty. The island is fortified and there are many underground tunnels as well as garter snakes.

whale watching St. George's island

whale watching St. George’s island

Part of the tour included a check on a lobster trap. That day there were 8 lobster in it. The lobsters that were too small were thrown back into the water, the others were kept in a tank in the lower level for us to check out.

whale watching the lobster catch

whale watching the lobster catch

By the time we were approaching the wide open Atlantic Ocean it became very clear to me that I did not possess ‘sea legs’. As long as I sat down and did not move I was fine, but as soon as I stood up my stomach started to feel queasy. So I stayed put and then eventually went to the lower level and the problem went away.

whale watching at the mouth of Halifax harbour

whale watching at the mouth of Halifax harbour

Every time I am at the Atlantic coast I am in awe. I am literally at the edge of this huge ocean that stretches all the way down to the South Pole.

whale watching the sea life

whale watching the sea life

The previous day’s tour saw a baby humpback whale, but we did not have that luck. We saw the tip of a porpoise, gannets, a harbour seal and on the way back we fed bread to the seagulls.

whale watching returning to the pier

whale watching returning to the pier

We passed the cruise ship Maasdam and a really cool private sailing yacht on the way back to the wharf. Halifax is a popular cruise ship destination.

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