The amazing October continues: Orcas, humpbacks, minkes!
It was quite windy last night and also earlier this morning, so we had to cancel our 10:00 tour this morning due to high waves.
But it was getting calmer later so we headed out at 13:30 onboard “Bjössi Sör” and that paid off!!!
Just about 15-20 minutes after we left the harbour, we saw a huge black dorsal fin: A male Killer Whale!!! What a nice surprise! Orcas (or Killer Whales) are quite rare here in Skjálfandi Bay, so it was very special to see this species, and it was even more special that it was just ONE Orca.
This individual was definitely a male, as only the male Killer Whales have the very high (up to 2 metres!) dorsal fin, the females (and also their dorsal fins) are much smaller.
As we followed this lonely Orca for a while, all of a sudden a Minke Whale popped up on the other side of the boat, the next nice surprise!
We then decided to sail further west towards the area that had been full of Humpback Whales during the last couple of days. And we were indeed rewarded with about 8-10 Humpback Whales, spread over a large area. We got some really nice close-up looks at several Humpback Whales and started heading back to Húsavík.
But this fantastic tour wasn’t over yet: On the way back we spotted the male Orca again, but this time there was another Orca (also a male) surfacing, just a few hundred metres away. So there were definitely at least two (male) Orcas in the bay today!
Hopefully they will still be there tomorrow morning! Fingers crossed 🙂