Humpback Whale tail, Brier Island, Digby Neck, NS

Marine Mammal Study

Whale Watching from theboat in Brier IslandBrier Island Whale and Seabird Cruises is dedicated to the study of the unique animals and seabirds that inhabit the Bay of Fundy. Portion of fees helps to fund our ongoing research. We encourage and enjoy people to ask us about our efforts. Since 1984,  its researchers and naturalists have contributed to the study of these inhabitants.

During each cruise, our team of naturalists and researchers are involved in data collection and photographing of all species of whales and seabirds. All information that is collected during each field season is then compiled and made available to various research organizations around the world.

Brier Island Whale and Seabird Cruises has the longest continuous history of documenting humpback whales in the Bay of Fundy.  Our data contributes to population monitoring as well as scientific projects and details of unusual events,  Our data has been used in multiple publications in which our Research and Education Coordinator has been named co-author.

Brier Island Whale and Seabird Cruises, working together with these organizations, is working towards the maintenance of this critical habitat, and to provide education and public awareness. Here are links to some of these organizations:

Brier Island Whale and Seabird Cruises’ Research has:
  • Provided the only intensive day to day coverage of the eastern Bay of Fundy
  • Have made valuable long term contribution to the Gulf of Maine and the North Atlantic humpback whale catalogues
  • Have contributed to estimates of minimum Gulf of Maine population size such as those used in the US stock assessment
  • Have contributed to tracking the fate of individuals involved in human impacts.

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Now with some great images of recent sightings.