Two very different tours
At 10:00 this morning we went out with 24 passengers in beautiful weather with a flat calm sea. The visibility was perfect and it did not take us long until we found a minke whale. Even though the whale was often taking quite long dives, he was very calm at the surface and always came up many times in a row, making it easy to get some really close looks at him. After a while we decided to leave the minke whale and head further west, closer to the mountains, to search an area where we had seen minke whales yesterday.
Close to a rock called “the fishing rock” (also known as Skerið) we encountered several minke whales, we were not quite sure how many of them were feeding in this area, but there must have been at least three of them around. We also saw many harbour porpoises here in the western part of the bay, some of them quite close to the boat.
On the way back to Húsavík everybody enjoyed the nice sunny weather, so all in all a very nice trip.
We went out again at 13:30 and sailed directly towards the mountains, into the area where all the minkes were feeding in the morning. But even though we scanned the area really carefully we did not find a single minke whale. There was also much less birdlife than in the morning and the only marine mammals we encounterd were some harbour porpoises. Nature is just unpredictable and of course the feeding conditions can always change within a few hours.
So we offered our passengers to go out again with us for free and try their luck another time, hopefully with more success.