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    Whale diary

    MONDAY, 20 MARCH 2017

    Tour at 13:00

    Report from Hafsulan: We were sailing out in a bit windy, but good conditions this afternoon eager to spot some cetaceans. It was one of these tours where you do not have to sail for very long before we can spot the first black dorsal fins coming out of the water. This time it took us less than an hour and we were very fortunate to be able to spend over half an hour with an amazing pod of 9-11 white-beaked dolphins. The pod offered us everything you can wish for, leaps, calves, diving underneath the boat and showing us their beautiful coloration directly underneath the water surface. One smaller individual even spy hopped a couple of times and another one showed off with some inverted tail slaps, behaviors we certainly do not get to see each day, absolutely amazing! There must have been at least 4 pods in the area, but ‘our’ pod was just too much fun to leave and did not seem to mind our presence. The dolphins were very busy feeding and so we could just stay and enjoy. When we had seen the white-beaked dolphins for over 30 minutes we continued our search for more wildlife in the bay. We did not encounter any more cetaceans, but surely loved the dolphins this afternoon.

    - Barbara Neubarth

    Tour at 09:00

    Report from Hafsulan: It was a lovely morning on sailing out into the bay, a little bit nippy but that just meant we could put our nice warm overalls to good use. It was rather difficult to spot the cetaceans today, the sea was a bit choppy and there were many white caps on the waters surface, making spotting more difficult. However, after quite some time of searching, in the distance a flock of feeding seabirds were spotted. And on closer inspection a large pod of 11-13 white-beaked dolphins were also seen popping up in the surf, feeding. This pod came amazingly close, surfacing only meters from the boat. You could actually see them swimming under the water and working together as a group to feed! On many occasions the dolphins including a mother and calf jumped out of the water in synchrony such an incredible behaviour to witness! What a spectacular tour!

    - Tess Hudson

    Bird species seen on todays tours: oyster catcher, cormorant, northern gannet, northern fulmar, black-backed gull, kittiwake, glacous gull, icelandic gull, black headed gull & eider duck.  

     

    Status: RUNNING

    We are sailing out from the Old Harbour in Reykjavik today. There will a little wind today but if you are if you are sensitive to motion sickness we offer preventative tablets in the ticket office, free of charge! On board there are heated indoor areas but we also have overalls to keep you warm out on deck.