A very curious minke whale
Today I went out at 14:00 in beautiful weather conditions on a special tour with the participants of the “Ice Climate Education Camp” on our sailing schooner Haukur. We sailed out of the harbour together with Dagmar Aaen that left Húsavík harbour to set course towards Greenland. It took us just a few minutes to find some harbour porpoises, but as often, these little whales were quite hard to follow so we continued sailing westwards into an area where several minke whales had been spotted earlier. After about half an hour we found a really calm minke whale and as we got closer, we realized that this whale was also really curious. We turned off the engine and during the next hour, this minke whale came up many times extremely close to the boat and several times he (or she?) could be seen rolling over, showing us the belly. The minke whale was even spyhopping within metres from the boat and the question was: Who is watching whom? When turning on the engine again and setting the course back towards Húsavík everybody had a big smile on his face, including captain Hörður and me. It was definitely one of the best whale watching tours I have had this season.