The Fin Whale is the second largest whale in the world and measures 60-70 feet and is seen quite often in the Gulf. This is one to be on the look-out for as we search the waters. Another species we're looking for are the Humpback Whales which average from 48-50 feet and are slow swimmers. The Minke Whale measures 20-30 feet and the smallest and most common of our baleen whales. Long-Finned Pilot Whales measure 16-20 feet with the males being the larger of the species. They feed on short-finned squid and come to the waters of Cape Breton in search of this food. Right Whales are rare and one was spotted from the Whale Cruisers on August of 1997. There are only 300 of these endangered whales in the world, so when we view these whales it is indeed a thrill.
We skirt the majestic rise of the Cape Breton Highlands National Park for ten miles on a discovery which sends photographers in a whirl wind. The Cabot Trail from the sea is just, if not more, majestic and awe inspiring than by land. No wonder it has been referred to as the eighth wonder of the world. Rock formations belch from the ocean floor to form a rhapsody of design and color. The cruiser protrudes in one of the sea caves which has been beaten open over thousands of years by the sweep of the water. The dampness pervades you in the shade and sends a chill up your spine as compared to the 84 degrees on the ocean. Shag Roost provides a nesting craig for comorants and this view is a must for the bird watchers and naturalists on the boat. At this point you must decide if your going to take pictures or savour the moment and dispatch it into your memory.