Humpback Whale tail, Brier Island, Digby Neck, NS

The Crew

Each cruise benefits from experienced well trained and friendly personnel with Marine Emergency Duty and First Aid Certificates. The cruises are piloted by professional, licensed captains, including Harold Graham who has over 60 years experience navigating the Bay of Fundy and 40 years experience working with the whales. Professional guides and researchers make each cruise informative and educational.

TheTourists Watching Whales off Brier Island, Digby Neck cruises are fully narrated by experienced naturalists including Shelley Lonergan who has over 30 years experience researching whales. Also employed are a marine biologist, marine biology students and local naturalist. We also welcome volunteers from around the globe.

Scroll down to meet the crew members. Click their name bars to read about them.

Captain Harold Graham Whale Watching
Captain Harold Graham

Harold, founder and president of Brier Island Whale and Seabird Cruises, was born and raised on Brier Island. Having lived by the Bay of Fundy he pursued a career in the fishing industry and has over 60 years experience navigating the Bay of Fundy. He also has over 40 years experience working with the whales. He and other researchers from the Eastern seaboard of the USA realized the importance of the Bay of Fundy to the Gulf of Maine cetaceans and began to monitor their presence here in 1984. Because of public interest in the work that they were doing, Harold decided to start the first whale watch company in southwest Nova Scotia. Brier Island Whale and Seabird Cruises was formed in 1986 and commenced providing a means to see the whales. The whale watch also provides the funding needed to continue with the ongoing research which is such an important part of Brier Island Cruises.

In 1987, Harold was awarded a Certificate of Merit at the Nova Scotia Environment awards in appreciation of outstanding service in the protection of the environment.

Harold is well qualified and holds all necessary certificates through Transport Canada to ensure your safety on the Bay of Fundy. He is also very knowledgeable of the marine life. When not whale watching, he is still on board the boat, the Mega Nova, as Captain while lobster fishing during the winter months.

Brier Island Whale Watch Crew Photo
Captain Trevor Moore

Bio Coming Soon

Captain Roy Small
Captain Roy joined the Brier Island Whale and Seabird Cruises’ team in 2016 and has proven to be a great asset. He is not new to the whale watching industry or the Bay of Fundy itself, having lobster fished its waters for 26 years. He has been in the whale watching circuit for over 10 years and possesses a vast knowledge of the whales and pelagic birds that inhabit the Bay of Fundy. Not only that, but he thoroughly enjoys the whales and is just as excited to see them as his passengers. Captain Roy is one of our two Captains of the Mega Nova. He possesses all certificates that are required by Transport Canada to ensure your safety on your whale watching cruise.
Brier Island Whale Watching staff- Shelley
Shelley Lonergan - Head Naturalist

Head Naturalist and Research director, with over 30 years experience, Shelley Lonergan is originally from the small community of West LaHave on Nova Scotia’s South Shore.  Having grown up near the water, whales and other marine life became Shelley’s obsession from a young age.  It was this passion that led her to her first whale watching adventure in 1989 where she encountered her first whale and was “hooked” into a lifetime of research and education.  Her photography background and data recording skills led her to a volunteer position which further led her to the full time position she holds today.

Data collected has been used in various cetacean research papers, two of which she was co –author. Shelley’s ability to immediately recognize individual humpback whales makes her a well sought-after naturalist on every whale watch cruise.  This ability is essential in the study of humpback whales which she has participated and led for over 30 years.

This passion also led her to establish Fundy East Whale Rescue, a group of volunteers dedicated to the rescue of marine mammals.  Shelley is on the steering committee of the North Atlantic Whale Watch Naturalist Association and is  involved in the community and is a volunteer Medical First Responder with the Westport Volunteer Fire Department.

Captain Sean
Captain Sean McDormand

Fishing the seas around Brier Island for most of his life, Sean and his father fished lobster from 1989-2020.  Since 2020, Sean has been sole captain of his lobster vessel and over the last 15 years, he occasionally worked as crew on various whale watch tour boats.  He is trained and certified in all required marine courses.  In 2022 he joined Brier Island Whale and Seabird Cruises and looks forward to his days seeing whales and bird and interacting with passengers on board the zodiac.

Brier Island Whale Watch Crew Photo
Captain Trevor Frost

Bio coming soon

Brier Island Whale Watch Crew Photo
Tania Campbell- Naturalist
Bio to come
Brier Island Whale Watch Crew Photo
Katie Moore

Bio coming soon

Brier Island Whale's April Wilder
April Wilder - Marine Biology Student

April Wilder is a Marine Biology student at Dalhousie University. Originally from Toronto, her love for the ocean and everything in it brought her to the east coast to experience all of its beauty. Her love for whales and marine species has been her favourite topic to chat about since a very young age. When she’s not on the boat you can find her underwater, face to face diving with the species she loves. She’ll be happy to discuss and answer any questions you have about the marine life found in the Bay of Fundy.

Cindy Garron Whale Watching
Cindy Garron - Naturalist
Cindy was brought up in Whale Cove, Digby County, a small fishing hamlet on the Bay of Fundy. Cindy is well acquainted with the Bay of Fundy, having been brought up by a family who has been in the fishing industry for generations. Cindy is well versed in the marine life of the Bay as well as its fishing practices. Cindy holds a certificate in Fishing Masters IV. Cindy has been a naturalist with Brier Island Whale and Seabird Cruises since 2011. She enjoys the work that she does, especially sharing her knowledge with the public.
Naomi Martineau - Naturalist/Research Assistant | Brier Island Whale Watch
Naomi Martineau - Naturalist/Research Assistant

Naomi grew up in Aurora Ontario and has always had a passion for ocean life, especially whales and dolphins. She left her landlocked province to pursue a Marine Biology degree at Dalhousie University, where her passion for marine biology was reinforced by academic and volunteer projects. Educating and sharing information about marine life has always been Naomi’s favourite thing to do and she is very excited to have the opportunity to answer any questions and teach you about the wildlife of the Bay of Fundy during your cruise! 

Violet Chilver
Violet Chilvers Marine Biology Student

Violet Chilvers is a Marine Biology student at Dalhousie University with an adoration for all marine and animal life. Originally from Bradford Ontario, she grew up hiking, fishing, and camping where she developed a passion for conservation and sustainability. She came to the east coast to pursue her education, which has enhanced her love for fish and cetaceans, science communication, and for the outdoors. She would love to chat about the wildlife in the Bay of Fundy, conservation efforts you could adopt, and ongoing research within the community.

Brier Island Whale Watch Crew Photo
Pascal Trudel - Naturalist/Research Assistant

Bio to come. 

Brier Island Whale Watch Crew Photo
Kyle Moore - Naturalist/Research Assistant

Bio to come. 

Clare Dallimore Marine Biology
Clare Dallimore - Marine Biology Student

Clare Dallimore is currently studying Marine Biology at Dalhousie University. She is originally from Oro-Medonte, Ontario and came to Nova Scotia to pursue her passion for all things marine. With family on the coast, she is no stranger to the ocean and has a deep love for ocean wildlife and conservation. In her spare time, she loves swimming, hiking, snowboarding and anything related to being outside. She is very excited to share her passion with you and answer any questions you may have.

Rhianna Baker - Marine Biology Student

Rhianna grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia, fostering her love of nature through aquariums, nature documentaries, and exploring the outdoors. Fascinated by the ocean and eager for an adventure, she moved to the East Coast and is currently studying marine biology at Dalhousie University.  In her free time, she loves hiking, snorkeling and scuba diving, as well as taking photos and curling up with a good book at the end of the day. Always excited for the chance to talk about the creatures she loves, she is more than happy to answer any questions you may have about the wonderful local cetaceans, especially her favorites: the humpback whales