A "Ton" of Fun

  • Downhome Magazine
  • Posted: Nov 30, -0001 12:00 AM
August 1, 2011

Summertime on the waters off Bay Bulls can be awesome. This humpback whale cow and calf stayed with our boat for 20 minutes and it was us that were on a schedule and had to wait for a safe opportunity to break away. They probably would have let us hang out with them for many hours. The mum was quite large, perhaps 45 feet long, which would have brought her body weight close on 48 tons. Over a thousand whales were harvested in Newfoundland waters during the whaling period, causing an almost complete collaspe of the species. Luckily, people have rallied and the North Atlantic now boasts about 11,000 humpback whales.

About the Skipper...
Satisfying her keen interest in natural history, Fraser Carpenter has spent most of her adult life outdoors or on the water. She has run tour boats and sailing charter boats - and even built a sailing boat and spent 13 years sailing around the world, hiking, climbing and photographing nature. Fraser has spent four summers sailing and hiking in the arctic and two years in sub antarctica working as a field scientist. In the summer time she skippers a passenger boat for O'Brien's Whale and Bird Tours in Bay Bulls, Newfoundland.