Sunday feeding party
Finally the rain stopped and today it was quite sunny. The wind came from north-westerly direction and it was a bit choppy when we sailed out this morning. Usually it’s a bit more difficult to spot the whales between the white caps of the waves, but of course our crew is experienced and we were all very optimistic to find some wildlife. We decided to head west, because the areas close to the mountains in the western part of Skjálfandi Bay are known to be rich feeding grounds. And we were right: We encountered three humpback whales, at least two of them busy feeding. They spent a lot of time at the surface and we had the chance to approach them carefully to get some very close looks. We were also surrounded by hundreds of birds: Arctic turns were picking up the food from the sea surface and we even spotted two skuas, one arctic skua and a great skua, attacking a kittywake. These birds often attack other birds, trying to steal their fish. Suddenly a minke whale surfaced next to one of the humpback whales and we spotted more of them popping up all around us. It was hard to decide where to look first! So we had the chance to enjoy this wonderful feeding party and everybody had a great time. Definetly a wonderful destination for a Sunday trip!
Minke whale (photo: Luisa Klotz)