A fin whale in the bay
The last two days a fin whale has been spotted in the bay. The fin whale is a rare sight in Skjálfandi bay and was only seen on one tour last year. Two days ago it was only seen from a distance and quite hard to approach but yesterday we had great success and the fin whale was seen quite close on some tours.
The fin whale is the second largest animal in the world, only the blue whale is larger. Fin whales, 18 – 27 m in length, have a distinctive colour, which has been used for identification. The right jaw is white or pale, while the left jaw is dark grey or black. The baleen plates are coloured accordingly. The whale itself is dark, but with lighter, brown-toned streaks or swirls across the back.
The fin whale. Picture taken in the bay last year.