This is not a zoo! (?)
Today the sea was very calm and almost as flat as a mirror – best conditions for us to head out into the bay to search for some wildlife. In the middle of the bay we spotted a Humpback whale. But this individual took very long dives, so we decided to head a bit further north and check out a broader area. And we were successful: At least two more Humpback whales were busy feeding in the northwestern part of Skjálfandi Bay. We spent some time with them and got some close looks at the whales; but suddenly we saw another big blow not too far away from us. It was actually a very, very big blow! And then we were sure: It was a Blue whale! What a great surprise to encounter the biggest animal that lives on earth!
The afternoon was as successful as the morning. One again we headed northwest, hoping that the whales stayed in the area. But since the whales are sometimes quite unpredictable you can never be sure! However, we were lucky again and encountered two Humpback whales. One of them was busy feeding! Although we always tell our passengers that this is the wild nature, the whale came very close to our boat – even in a zoo you can’t get closer to an animal! The humpback whale surfaced right next to our boat and showed us its mighty fluke. Only a few minutes later we also saw some White beaked dolphins not too far away from us, heading north. So all in all: many surprises and very close encounters – our bay is definetly better than any kind of a zoo!
Feeding humpback whale (photo: Luisa Klotz)