Killer whales kick-start the 17th season of North Sailing!
After a slow start with 3 tours where the playful Harbour porpoises played the main role, things started to get serious today. Knörrinn, with 13 passengers (lucky 13) headed out to the bay into a glittering Skjálfandi bay with the magnificent mountains of Kinn graciously rising at the horizon.
After roughly two hours of dolphin watching where the beautiful white beaked dolphins did what they could to entertain our guests the skipper spotted something in a distance that looked like a blow. Was it a humpback? Or a minke? No, it became obvious when the first extremely tall dorsal fin emerged out of the water this would be no less than a Killer Whale, also known as Orca. Soon, the crew and passengers realized that there were small groups and individuals of Orcas scattered all around. A total of about 30 animals.
Knörrinn, the most experienced whale watching boat in the icelandic fleet got well along with the killer whales, sometimes coming as close as a couple of meters from the largest males. It was then a happy bunch of whale watchers that returned to Húsavik harbour at 5pm today.
Following are few of the skipper’s shots taken on this tour.
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