Our connectivity issues continued throughout the month making communicating difficult. Luckily, it looks like our connection issues are finally fixed (fingers crossed). A huge thank you our local technician who worked tirelessly to solve the problem for us. We are lucky to have such wonderful people living and working Down North who go out of their way to fix complex, rural, problems.

August started out looking like a problem-free month with a great day of sightings and a fabulous week of calm weather. However, after our first day of the month, the whale sightings severely dipped and we mainly saw mountains.

Cape North, what locals call Grassy, which is cape below an ever-green forested mountain. The sky is a deep blue with running clouds, that match a dark blue, flat ocean.
Cape North: Unama’kik/Cape Breton, Nova Scotia’s most northern location.
A bald eagle taking flight from a red, granite rock out cropping.
Many birds, like the bald eagle above, live in mountains by the shore.

Things quickly started to turn around after the first week, and mostly traditional August weather pattern settled in of light winds and calm weather. After that, we were lucky to have an abundance of pilot whale sightings.

A rushing pod of pilot whales splashing in dark blue water creating white foam as they move.
A pod of rushing pilot whales.

Now, even though August was largely calm, we still had more storm days than normal, and a few smatterings of rain. Also, there were times when there was some left-over swells from previous storms: sometimes those swells dropped off instantly, other times they lingered a bit longer than one would expect. After the first week, all of the above factors lead to us sighting whales everyday, but not every tour. Also, we were delighted to spot some creatures other than pilot whales including a sunfish and a leatherback turtle.

A leatherback sea turtle lifts its head out of the ocean on a grey rainy day.
A leatherback sea turtle in the rain.

We want to thank everyone for their patience and understanding as the weather continues to flip-flop throughout the season. It is comforting to know whales are still in Northern Cape Breton, there are just times when the weather keeps us in. We continue to be happy on the water and feel blessed to tour from the safe, sheltered port, of Bay St. Lawrence.

A brilliant blue sky, streaked with white clouds mirrors the ocean waters of St. Lawrence Bay: a low, highland, coastal mountain range covered in greenery stands over the ocean in the distance.

All photographs © Cheryl Fraser.