Whales Ho!

Day 6 – September 3, 2014
Digby, Nova Scotia
Digby Backpackers Inn

Part of our trip was planned around whale watching, something I did once as a kid in Massachusetts and have always wanted to do again. We chose Ocean Explorations because of their excellent Trip Advisor reviews and because they use smaller zodiac boats, allowing a closer experience. We arrived in Tiverton after taking a short ferry ride and suited up in some minimally smelly, but very warm orange survival suits.

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I honestly didn’t think we’d need them (or the gloves and hats) but after zipping along the coast line at top speed I quickly changed my tune.

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It didn’t take long for us to happen along some seals chilling on the rocks before we swung out into the ocean in search of some humpbacks.

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Without much trouble we found a small pod, 2 females and a baby, who we followed for a little while. Considering the size of an adult humpback they were quite acrobatic, we saw a couple great breaches and lots of tail action. Eventually the larger boats showed up and we moved on.

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By the end of the day we had seen roughly 8 different whales, far more than I had expected to see so I was absolutely thrilled. When we returned to Tiverton we decided to go a short ways down the road to see the famous Balancing Rock – a basalt sea stack that appears to be teetering on the edge of the rock face. It was an easy hike down (but lots of stairs!) and not too busy so we had time to appreciate the odd geological formation.

2014-09-03 14.46.00Balancing on the very edge and surrounded by fallen columns it looks like it would be easy to push over (and according to google people have tried), but there are now lots of guardrails to keep would-be vandals away.

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