Minkes in great variety!
The humpbacks are still absent from the bay but we have fortunately had lots of minkes. The minkes are harder to tell apart so we are not completely sure how many there are in the bay. Last night we saw a couple of tiny minke whales; One was smaller than average but compared to the second one it looked gigantic. The second one was so small it resembled a dolphin. It must have been very young, only around 3-4 meters long and always keeping close to the "bigger" one.
Today, however, we found a great minke whale that stayed very close to the boat. It came up very close to the boat on both sides, both in the front and the back; So close in fact that the passengers called out in surprise when it surfaced within two meters from the boat! We also saw another minke feeding. It breached the surface with great force, showing its belly to us. Its belly was pink because it was feeding and so the groves that are so distinctive to the rorquals were fully expanded and at work.
The weather has also been better for two days now. Hopefully this will mark the end of the gloomy fog and rain we have had for the past few weeks and August will be filled with sun!