13 as a lucky number for Whale Watching
Today it was quite warm in Husavik, we had a strong southerly breeze when we went out on the morning tour onboard Bjössi Sör.
After sailing for about one hour, we found a large number of white-beaked dolphins. First we were only watching a small group of them close to the boat, but while we were watching them (they were maybe 10-15 dolphins), we saw more and more splashes in a distance, and soon it was clear: There were really many of them in the area, I would guess between 50 and 100, but it is of course always difficult to count or estimate the number of dolphins.
Quite many of them were jumping, some of them also close to the boat.
Even without humpback whales it was a nice tour.
The afternoon tour started off a bit more difficult: We were searching the bay for more than two hours without seeing any whales or dolphins and we were almost running out of time.
I went downstairs to prepare some hot chocolate and cinnamon rolls for the passengers and I brought up 13 cups and 13 cinnamon rolls to the table on the deck, ready to serve the people. But exactly at that moment captain Hrólfur saw a minke whale, not too far away from the boat, so the hot chocolate had to wait. We were able to watch the minke whale several times quite close to the boat as it was swimming calmly close to the surface. And while we were watching it, we also saw a group of white-beaked dolphins, not far away. So we decided to leave the minke whale and have a look at the dolphins. They were really playful and came bow-riding for a while, much to the delight of the passengers that could follow their movements under the surface. One dolphin was even jumping quite many times.
On the way back another minke whale was surfacing just a few metres from the boat and after that I was really thinking if the number 13 has any special meaning for whale watching….;-).