|By Marlies Cohen||
|September 23, 2012 08:00 PM EDT||
My grandson Sammy loves whales and can tell you all kinds of information about them. So when he and his family came to visit Halifax, we just had to take a whale watching trip. Unfortunately, we did not see any whales, but we still had lots of fun.
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Forgot to take a picture of the ship we were on: The Halegonian III. We had beautiful weather and stayed on the top deck most of the time. The tour took about 2½ hours and took us just slightly outside the mouth of the harbour and back.
And off we go. The kids are intrigued.
On a chimney of an abandoned building on St. George’s island sat a bald eagle. The island looks deceivingly empty. The island is fortified and there are many underground tunnels as well as garter snakes.
Part of the tour included a check on a lobster trap. That day there were 8 lobster in it. The lobsters that were too small were thrown back into the water, the others were kept in a tank in the lower level for us to check out.
By the time we were approaching the wide open Atlantic Ocean it became very clear to me that I did not possess ‘sea legs’. As long as I sat down and did not move I was fine, but as soon as I stood up my stomach started to feel queasy. So I stayed put and then eventually went to the lower level and the problem went away.
Every time I am at the Atlantic coast I am in awe. I am literally at the edge of this huge ocean that stretches all the way down to the South Pole.
The previous day’s tour saw a baby humpback whale, but we did not have that luck. We saw the tip of a porpoise, gannets, a harbour seal and on the way back we fed bread to the seagulls.
We passed the cruise ship Maasdam and a really cool private sailing yacht on the way back to the wharf. Halifax is a popular cruise ship destination.