No Sign of the August Trouble
This is now my fourth season as a whale watching guide at North Sailing‘s. Of course all of the summers have been great, plenty of whales and the success rate probably among the highest one can find worldwide. The seasons have been somewhat different from each others, for example, last year was truly the year of the Minke Whales, while this summer and the summer of 2009 we have had more Humpback Whales in. But all the summers have had one thing in common, and the summers before my time here, I am told: August has always been the most difficult month. Somehow it seems that the whales are less likely to come in to the bay in August than in June and July. Even September has been known to be more lively than August. Not to say that August is impossible for Whale Watching, far from it. The experienced and qualified staff at North Sailing usually manages to find Whales each and every trip. But to be truthful, August, or at least some days of the month, have been more difficult than others.
But not this year! August is almost done and the bay is full of Whales, Humpbacks, Minkes, Dolphins and Porpoises have been spotted every day without any problems. I even heard someone talk about a Blue Whale in a trip just some days ago (rear so late in the summer), and I have heard rumours about both Killer Whales and some Bottlenose Whales.
Hopefully this sets the tone for the coming years, knock on wood!