Molly Bawn's ecological involvement
Molly Bawn Whale & Puffin Tours
crew is an important part of the
The artificial lights of the Southern Shore and
can lure the young puffins onto land, and even lead them to the dangerous streets! Puffin chicks fly in the night, using the stars and the moon as a navigational system
, directing them to the sea. But some chicks move in the direction of artificial lighting on land. Puffins are seabirds, and aren't adept at surviving on land.
The Puffin Patrol
is group of volunteers devoted to
rescuing lost puffins
, and releasing them back into the Atlantic Ocean, safely and responsibly.
Puffin and Petrel Patrol
started around 2005. Juergen and Elfie Schau were visiting Witless Bay from Berlin, Germany. They noticed baby puffins stranded along the roadside, and wanted to help. They recruited the locals to help rescue the stranded puffins, and learned this was a regular event during fledging season.
crew members are puffin patrollers every night, keeping an eye out for
lost puffin chicks
. Rescued puffins are carefully weighed, measured, banded, and kept safe overnight. The next morning, our crew assists with releasing them out into the open sea.
When there are too many predatory gulls near the beach, we dedicate our
first boat tour of the day
to give the puffin chicks a lift out to sea, far away from the gulls. This gives them a second chance at their new life. They can grow up, and come back to the puffin islands for years to come.
Depending on the season, you can help us release baby puffins yourself
. Hold a puffin in your own hands!
In 2014, a total of 825 puffins were rescued
! We estimate a total of over 1,500 birds have been rescued, just since we started counting.
The Molly Bawn
whale & puffin boat tour
is just 40 mins from
. Every tour is a great opportunity to see
are colourful seabirds
. They're small, and have webbed feet to help them swim. They live on the edges of the Atlantic Ocean, on tiny puffin islands. They swim on the surface of the sea, and eat small fish by diving underwater from the air.
The Molly Bawn boat tour travels to the
largest Atlantic Puffin colony
in North America. The beautiful seabirds flutter all around our boat.
(Photo by Richard Bartz, [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons)
Approximately 1 hour, and 15 minutes
Under 16: $45
Children under 5: Free
Private rental: $450
Tours include the chance for:
- Puffin boat tour
- Whale watching
- Iceberg boat tour
(depending on the season)
5-star rating on Trip Advisor
“Seabirds, seabirds, seabirds (and whales)!” — We finally got to see whales – a pair of humpbacks – but the really exceptional thing, compared with previous whale-watching tours we've taken? The birds ... thousands of them! We saw
puffins (including a cute little chick), gannets, murres, seagulls and many more. (August 5, 2015)
“Wonderful Experience” — What makes this tour special is the small size and the enthusiasm of the crew. The boat dock is located in a lovely little cove in Mobile. On our tour we saw
puffins, eagles, and mink whales. The small numbers allowed for a commentary that met the needs of the group. (August 17, 2013)