Orcas in the bay!!!!!!
The fact that we never know what’s awaiting us when we’re heading out into the bay is one of the things that make our job so exciting! So it happened today.
In the morning we decided to sail into the area where we spotted some wildlife yesterday in the evening. It’s always a good start to check out the areas where the whales have been the day before, although we are of course aware of the fact that the animals are fast swimmers and conditions might change very quickly. We realized that today, we didn’t find any whales in the northwestern part of Skjálfandi Bay. We headed further east, when we suddenly spotted a very large black dorsal fin surfacing in front of us. First we couldn’t believe it, but true: It was definitely an orca! What a great surprise! Killerwhales are very rare in our bay, so you have to be very lucka to see them. And it wasn’t only one single animal, suddenly more black fins broke through the sea surface and we were surrounded by a whole pod of these beautiful creatures.
The group consisted of several males, easily to recognize because of their extremely large dorsal fin, two or three females or juveniles and a very small calf. Luckily they staid in the bay and we encountered them again in the afternoon. They were milling around, some of them slapping with the tail and we got some very close looks at them. It is so amazing to sea these wonderful animals so close. And it’s so exciting to experience such unexpected encounters!
Orca pod (photo: Luisa Klotz)
Orca family (photo: Luisa Klotz)
Orca with Schooner Haukur in the background (photo: Luisa Klotz)