Whales, Whales, Whales … and some other stuff

Post by Cynthia, Photos by Bobby

While at the Viking RV Campground in Quirpon, we took a boat tour with the owner’s brother, Boyce, and it was one of the most amazing experiences of our lives.  It was just the two of us with Boyce on a fishing boat maybe 20 feet long – we were right on the water and wound up in the middle of more than 20 humpback whales.

We were so close we had to maneuver around them.  We could hear the noises they made, got their blowhole spray on us, and also got views of the porpoises and a variety of sea birds diving as well.  They were all feasting on the capelin that had come in.

There’s some other stuff later, but this post is really just a collection of photos of  some of the amazing flippers, backs and tails that we saw.  Warning – a lot of whale pics follow:

Back (with a porpoise fin in the background)
Another flipper
Whale Tail!
This one is about to roll around

Porpoises were there too!

The light color in the water is the bottom of a flipper about to come out – plus the beginning of a blowhole

We also got up close with an iceberg!

Another thing we did in the area was Burnt Cape Ecological Reserve.  This is a unique environment on the northern tip of the island.  It is exposed to such harsh conditions that it allows the growth of dwarf flora that is normally only found in the arctic.

“Road” in Burnt Cape
Beautiful Views

I even braved getting near a cliff again!

Cynthia on a Cliff!
And another one
The views were amazing

The vegetation up here was tiny, but some of it was ancient.  Our biology friends told us that some of the small juniper shrubs could be hundreds of years old.

Here’s one that didn’t quite make it.

Creeping Juniper that didn’t quite make it
Bearberry Willow
Yellow Lady’s Slipper

And of course we top it off with another stunning sunset.

Another beautiful sunset

Comments (7)

  • Frances hahn July 17, 2018 at 8:19 pm Reply

    So exciting!

  • Norman Epstein July 17, 2018 at 8:46 pm Reply

    You folks are amazing with your travels; I’m jealous. There are truly many great sites to see as you continue your North America journey. Safe travels

    • Cynthia August 4, 2018 at 3:58 pm Reply

      Thank you!! It’s amazing how many things there are, even in tiny remote places. And UNESCO sites are all over, and so worthwhile.

  • Claudia Abbott July 17, 2018 at 9:03 pm Reply

    Incredible pictures! Another beautiful day wandering.

    • Cynthia August 4, 2018 at 3:59 pm Reply

      Thank you, Bonus!

  • Eva Smith July 18, 2018 at 1:13 am Reply

    WOW !!!!

  • Sara Cocchini July 23, 2018 at 3:44 pm Reply

    Holy cow!!!!!

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