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Whales & Mountains

by John
(Halifax, Nova Scotia)

whales off Creignish

whales off Creignish

whales off Creignish
nearing the top of steep mountain in Mabou Highlands
sunset Creignish my 66th birthday present

On October 8th, 2016 I woke up while camping in the Creignish area.

I could hear and see about 2 dozen Pilot whales off shore in a feeding frenzy. I had heard that about many were beside the Canso causeway the previous morning.I missed them by an hour but while hiking Ghost Beach there were probably a thousand Gannets and hundreds of Cormmorants still feeding near the causeway.

On October 9th I was about 3/4 way up the "Steep Mountain" when I noticed white "waves" in one area out in the water. Though quite some distance away I could see that the water was being disturbed by roughly 20 pilot whales. I had never before seen whales while climbing a mountain.

I have never seen such diverse landscapes or trails as I saw on October 9th while hiking the Mabou Trails. That night I camped near Sight Point as camping is not allowed in the Cape Mabou Trail area.

I was looking forward to completing the trails the next day but woke up to Hurricane Matthew the next morning.

I'll be back hiking the Cape Mabou Trails next October.

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great story!
by: Ann Marie

Thanks John for the great story and the beautiful pictures. Hope you make it back to the Mabou Highlands..........awesome place for sure!

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