Minke whales, dolphins and active birdlife
It’s been going well so far today, with more of the same mild weather as yesterday. Some of the Minke whales have been around the same area as yesterday, and it didn’t take long to find the first one when I went out earlier.
That one proved a bit hard to keep track of, but another Minke was soon spotted that proved more interested in us. It seemed to be feeding around a large group of birds, which consisted mainly of Fulmars, but also, Kittiwakes, Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Puffins, and even Arctic Skuas and Great Skuas pestering them. As we were waiting right next to the gathering of birds, which were also feeding, half of them suddenly squawked and took off. We soon realized why this was, the Minke whale had gone under the bird group and blown out some air, and a large bubble had come up to the surface and startled the birds.
After that, we headed to Puffin Island and saw that many groups of White Beaked Dolphins were spread around west of it. One group in particular put on a wonderful show, coming up together very close to the boat showing us their whole bodies. At one point they even jumped up all at once, 5 or 6 of them! All in all, a very enjoyable and lively tour!