Sperm whales in Skjálfandi Bay!!!!
When we went out into Skjálfandi Bay this morning, nobody knew what great surprise was awaiting us.
After a short encounter with some Harbor porpoises we sailed into the western part of the bay and observed several Minke whales and a Humpback whale. They were surrounded by hundreds of birds and all of them were busy feeding. We had the chance to get a look at the expanded ventral grooves of the Humpback whale, when it surfaced with its mouth full of sea water.
But suddenly we got some very exciting news: A fisherboat spotted some whales further north – but obviously an unusual species. Immediately we headed north and it took us some time to reach the area. But it was worth going out that far: Although we could hardly believe it, four or five Sperm whales surfaced in front of us! What an incredible sight! We had never seen this species before and were very excited! They were logging at the surface, breathing calmly and we had the chance to approach them very close. Then they went down, lifting their mighty fluke, but after a few minutes they appeared again.
It was an incredible encounter and everybody was happy when we entered the harbor again.
But it wasn’t the only surprise today: On other tours we spotted a Blue whale in the northwestern part of the bay and – also very special – a group of about 20 Killer whales. So although it was quite windy and rainy today, nobody cared about the weather. It’s always worth going out into the wild nature – you never know what’s awaiting us there! 🙂
(Photo: Már Höskuldsson)