Our Favourite Baleen Whales of Northern Cape Breton Nova Scotia
Baleen whales are commonly known as great whales, because of their size, or whalebone whales because of their filter feeding habits. These whales filter plankton, such as krill, through their large mouths in order to feed. Baleen whales do not have teeth; rather, the inside of the upper part of their jaws is lined with baleen/whalebone plates. These plates look like a large comb that goes across the whale's mouth and hangs down. While feeding, the whales press their tongue against the roof of the mouth in order to strain the plankton through the "comb" of baleen.
At Oshan Whale Watch we have three types of baleen whales which we see on a regular basis: fin whales, minkie whales and humpback whales. In fact, the whale in our banner (top) is the humpback whale Scratchy, who annually likes to use the Oshan as a scratching post. We have been known to see sei whales, right whales and grey whales, but on a less regular basis, and we were blessed with a rare blue whale sighting in 2001.
Fin Whales: One of The Fastest of the Baleens at 22 knots. Length: 24 m/79 ft.
Minke Whales: A"Small" Baleen Whale. Length: 10.7 m./35 ft.
Humpback Whales: Always a Fan Favourite. Length 19 m./60 ft.
Scratchy the humpback can be seen eyeballing the Oshan
Minke's love to hang out in front of Meat Cove just west of Bay St. Lawrence.
Locally known as finbacks, fin whales are the most beautiful whales in the ocean and the second largest whale in the world
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Oshan Whale Watch
3384 Bay St. Lawrence Road, Bay St. Lawrence, Victoria County, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada. B0C 1G0
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