What a day!
It has been a fantastic day for whale watching here in Skjálfandi Bay with very good weather conditions and four species of whales!
The day started with at least two minke whales close to the “Fish Rock” in the western part of the bay. We could watch the minke whales feeding close to the surface, surrounded by quite many seabirds. We then got word from our sailing schooner “Haukur”, that they had found a group of killer whales a bit further east, so after a nice time with the minke whales, we decided to leave the minke whales and try to take a look at the killer whales.
After we had been sailing for a little while, we could spot several very large black triangles in the distance and a few minutes later, we were really close to some of these majestic animals!
We came back to the harbour with a boat full of smiling passengers.
On the two trips this afternoon we sailed much further out (we had heard about large whale activity further out) and even though we had to sail for more than one hour in one direction, it was totally worth it! As we arrived in the area, there were whale blows everywhere! In total we counted at least ten humpback whales and two blue whales (the biggest animals on earth!) joining this big feeding frenzy! We watched the humpback whales feeding together in groups of up to four individuals and got some fantastic looks at blue whales as well!
An absolutely fantastic whale watching day here in the bay comes to an end, and we are already looking forward to go out again tomorrow! 🙂
One of the Humpback Whales lifting its fluke and going down for another dive (Photo: Christian Schmidt)