Whales in the rain
After yesterday’s very successful afternoon, we set the course immediately in a north-westerly direction, towards the area where all the whales have been yesterday afternoon.
As we arrived in the area, there was absolutely no sign of any whale or dolphin activity, so we decided to sail further west, towards the snow-covered mountains.
Pretty close to the mountains, we suddenly spotted a minke whale surfacing not far away from us. The minke whale was very cooperative and came up several times really close to our boat.
While we were waiting for the minke whale to surface again, we saw a humpback whale further away! We took one last look at the minke whale and approached the humpback whale. As we got closer, we realized that it was not the same individual that we had seen yesterday, so it is very good news that the number of large baleen whales in the bay is slowly increasing…..hopefully it will continue like that!
Also the afternoon was really nice: Even though it was raining most of the time, we had a very good tour with a sea as flat as a mirror, a humpback whale, a minke whale and big numbers of harbour porpoises.
Today (and also on Friday already) we have also seen the first Arctic Terns in the bay! Just another sign that summer is slowly coming back into Skjálfandi Bay…..
The Arctic Terns are back in Skjálfandi Bay (Photo: Christian Schmidt)