Humpback Whale tail, Brier Island, Digby Neck, NS

Humpback Adoption Program

By adopting a Bay of Fundy Humpback whale you support the ongoing research being conducted by Brier Island Whale and Seabird Cruises’ Research Division. These studies will give everyone a better understanding of these animals and their habitat. Money raised from this program will be utilized in the purchasing of film, film processing, fuel costs and new equipment. You will receive a certificate suitable for framing, a photograph of “your” whale, sighting history, biography, and an annual update.

Whale Watching in Brier Island gift certificatesTo adopt a Bay of Fundy Humpback whale, apply online or print the form and mail with a cheque or money order for $25.00 to: Brier Island Whale and Seabird Cruises Research Division P.O. Box 1199 Westport, Nova Scotia B0V 1H0 1-800-656-3660

Adopt a whale Arch

Hwc# 0337 – Arch was first documented in 1982 by researchers from the New England Aquarium and was seen in the Bay of Fundy. This whale was first sighted by our researchers in 1985 and has been seen every year since then. Arch is easily identified by the black flukes and also by a small triangular dorsal fin.

Adopt a humpback whale - Mr Burns
Mr Burns

Mr Burns has been a favorite in our area since 1995. Though not his real name, he has become well known by many. This whale has an all white tail and and was actually names for the shape of his dorsal fin which resembles a character from a popular cartoon series. When first sighted in 1995 Mr. Burns was very elusive but has since realized we mean no harm.

Adopt a humpback whale Doublet

Hwc# 0350 – Doublet has been seen in our area since 1985 but was first documented by researchers in the Untied States in 1982 on Stellwagen Bank off the coast of Massachusetts. An active whale, Doublet has been seen breaching and has entertained us on several occasions. Doublet has a black and white tail with a mark on the right side which makes this whale easily recognized.

Adopt a humpback whale - flyer

Hwc# 0183 – Flyer has been seen in the Bay of Fundy since 1985 and was seen also in 1993, 1997, and 1999. Though he does not frequent the Bay he is still a favorite among researchers as he is a very active whale who can often be seen flipperslapping, tail lobbing or showing curious behavior. Flyer has a white tail with a bit of black in the middle.

Adopt a humpback whale - Flash

Hwc# 0627 – Flash has been seen in the Bay of Fundy since 1987. Flash is a female and her last calf documented was in 1990. When sighted Flash will often approach the boat, showing us how curious these animals are. Her fluke print is all black with a few specks of white.

Adopt a humpback whale - Baton

Hwc# 0497 – Baton was first sighted by us in 1985 and since that time has been seen on Stellwagen Bank. Baton usually demonstartes a feeding technique called kick feeding and has developed his own strategy.

He”kicks” the school of herring three times, circles, then “kicks” three more times but higher out of the water and then lunges through the resulting bubble cloud with his mouth agape, swallowing the stunned fish. Baton has a black and white fluke with a small triangle of white on the left side.

Adopt a humpback whale - Tab

Hwc# 0260 – Tab ws first sighted be researchers from the College of the Atlantic in 1981 on an area called Jeffrey’s Ledge. This humpback has been spotted in the Bay of Fundy every year since 1984. Tab has amused us frequently with breaching. Often times this is how we spotted this whale from a distance. Tab has an all white tail.

Adopt a humpback whale Peajack

Hwc# 8171 – Peajack first came to the Bay of Fundy in 1995 accompanied by another popular adopt a whale, Mr. Burns. Peajack was named in 2004 after a cove on Brier Island where she was often found. She has a very friendly personality which became evident in 2003 when she approached aour boat, earning favouritism among our researchers which has lasted to this day. She had her first calf in 2012.

Adopt a humpback whale Shuttle

Hwc# 0626 – Shuttle is another favorite with our researchers. She too exhibits curious behavior and during 1999 she was seen with Flyer on occasion and together they amused us with their antics! Shuttle was first seen in the Bay of Fundy in 1986 and has been sighted by us since 1990. Shuttle is female and has no calves that we know of. She has an all black tail with a “shuttle” on the right fluke.

Adopt a humpback whale Foggy

Foggy is very well known in the Bay of Fundy. We have
watched her grow each year as she returned to the Bay since her mother, Bermuda, brought her here in 1987. She was dubbed Foggy by our researchers in 1988 as she could always be found close to the shoreline in the fog! Since reaching adulthood she has had two calves, one in 2000 and the other in 2003. Foggy is easily recognized by her hooked dorsal fin.

Adopt a humpback whale Sockeye

Hwc # 0330 – Sockeye was first sighted in the Bay of Fundy in 1987. He can be identified by his fluke pattern but also by his malformed jaw. It is because of this jaw, that he received his name Sockeye, as he resembles a sockeye salmon. Sockeye is known to close approach, even trying to get whale watchers wet by flipper slapping and scooping water onto the boat. Sockeye knows how to make memories.

Adopt a humpback whale Rooftop

Hwc# 0715 – Rooftop was first seen around Brier Island in 1988 and until 1997 we were quite sure that this whale was a male becase of scratches on the underside of the tail. (Males use their tails in combat to compete for the females and end up with numerous battle scars)

When watching Rooftop tail breach and tail lob one day we were able to determine that this whale was a female! Needless to say, we were very surprised. Rooftop’s tail is all black. (Apart from those scratches!)