One tour – four species!
Heading out into the wild nature means every day is special and we never know which surprises are awaiting us. Today we decided to sail in northwesterly direction into an area where we saw a lot of wildlife the day before. Conditions were great: It was quite warm, the sea was flat as a mirror and we were optimistic to spot some marine mammals pretty soon. However, it took us some time to find the animals.
On our way out we encountered a small group of harbor porpoises. But they disappeared again, which is not uncommon for this shy species. We continued sailing north and suddenly we spotted some black dorsal fins surfacing in front of us: Definitely a group of white beaked dolphins. And they were incredibly entertaining! The dolphins approached our boat and started jumping all around us. We had the chance to get a closer look on theri beautiful faces and the greyish-black and white coloration of their bodys. We spent some time with these fascinating creatures, when something else got our attention: In some distance we spotted big splashes! We turned the boat immediatly and approached the area, where a humpback whale slapped with its mighty fluke and the long pectoral fins on the sea surface! The whale continued doing its excercices when we got closer – what an impressive sight!
But finally we had to leave the animal and started our journey back to Húsavík harbor. But of course also on the way back we’re always on the lookout for more wildlife and we spotted a minke whale, coming to the surface to breathe. So all in all we had four species on that tour – how exciting is that!?
White beaked dolphin (photo: Luisa Klotz)