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The types of whales we most frequently see are Pilot, Finback, Minke and Humpback. Occasionally we also see Atlantic White-Sided Dolphins, Basking Sharks and shy Harbor Porpoises. Come hear these magnificent creatures sing along with our hydrophone! Since 1994, our success rate has been one of the best in the world!

Seals and Birds
Gray and harbor Seals are often hauled out on secluded rocky outcrops. Other common residents of our rugged shore are: Bald Eagles, Black Guillemots, Northern Gannets, Double Crested Cormorants, Common Mergansers, Moose and Black Bears.

The Highland coast scenery is breathtaking and wild, with spectacular rock and cliff formations, mysterious sea caves, cascading waterfalls, abandoned pioneer settlements, a contemporary Tibetan Buddhist monastery, and traditional maritime fisherman at work.


Humpback's Fluke

Their tail patterns are like a fingerprint

Northern Gannet

They alight on water with their feet retracted

Minke Whales

The minke whales are the second smallest baleen whale

Bald Eagle

Also known as Sea Eagles

Capt Mark

Whale and seal watching at Pleasant Bay

Hazy day

Great Black-Backed Seagulls

Largest member of the gull family

Finback Whale's White Side

Also called Chevron

Pilot Whale and Calf

Pilot whales eat squid and fish

Minke Whale

Swims slowly to conserve oxygen

Adult pilot whale and calf

A calf will stay in its mother's group for life

Finback Whale

2nd largest whale in the world

Seal sunning on a Rock

Whale and seal watching at Pleasant Bay

Finback Whale Surfacing

Curious Pilot Whale

These whales use echolocation

Right Whale

Pilot Whale Eye

The whales make seasonal inshore and offshore movements

Seal pausing on a rock


They graze at Pollett's Cove all summer

Pilot Whale

They often make high pitched squeaks and whistles

Pilot Whale on it's Back

Feeding dives may last over ten minutes

Pilot whale

Pilot whales are mostly dark grey, brown, or black

Appearing Whale

Captain Mark's whale and Seal Cruise

Pilot whale and Beluga

They are highly social

Pilot whale calf

Pilot whales will sprint, possibly to catch prey

Pilot whale in synchrony

May remain with their birth pod for life

Dalhousie Researcher

Capt. Ron

Interpreting the surroundings

Two Finback Whales

These whales often travel together

Pollett's Cove

A challenging 3 hour hike from Pleasant Bay

Humpback Whale Tail

Found in oceans and seas around the world

Pilot Whale Spyhop

Pilot whales generally take several breaths before diving

Northern Gannet in Flight

Even in calm weather they can attain velocities of between 55 and 65 km/h

Bald Eagle

The bald eagle's natural range covers most of North America