Blue whales in the sunshine
When we went out this morning, we finally had nice weather and beautiful whale watching conditions: The sun was shining and the sea was much calmer than it had been the days before.
We left the harbour at 10:00 and set the course north-west, directly towards the area where we had seen the blue whales and the fin whale on the evening tour last night. It didn’t take long until we spotted the spout of a blue whale and when we got close to it, we realized that there was another blue whale blowing a bit further north. But we stayed with the first whale for quite a long time and it was seen feeding several times close to the boat. A truly impressive sight to see the largest animal on the planet so close up!
We were also joined by the airplane with Heimir Harðarson and Mark Carwardine, who were taking some amazing photos of the feeding blue whale from the air.
When coming back to the harbour, everybody was really excited about the blue whale.
We went out again at 13:30 and even though we had to go out a bit further north this time, we managed to get some amazing close-up views of blue whales again. All in all there were two, maybe three blue whales in the area and one of them was lifting the fluke (which can be up to 8 metres wide) high up into the air, before it went down for a dive. On the way back we had a short look at a group of white-beaked dolphins.