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    Whale diary

    THURSDAY, 5 APRIL 2018

    Status: RUNNING

    Tour at 13:00

    Report from Eldey: The wind stopped and it started to be a warm and beautiful afternoon. The visibility was awesome, allowing us great views over the landscape around Faxafloi. Still excited from the morning tour we sailed out straight towards the area where we left the minke whale in the morning and there it was, not sure if the same individual of the morning. It kept on surfacing quite often, making us have some great looks at it. After some time it started to seem swimming away from us so we decided to let it follow its path and go on looking for some more cetaceans. Said that we quite quickly saw some white-beaked dolphins being followed by a flock of seabirds, a sign of them feeding. Quick we kept spotting more and more individuals, probably more then 30 in the end. It was a great show they were putting up for us as they started traveling along side our boat, leaping out of the water and 1 individual even keeping on jumping and showing us its belly. What a fantastic afternoon out in the bay, and the weather just made it picture perfect!

    - Sarah Kompatscher

    Tour at 09:00

    Report from Eldey: If it was not for the cold wind blowing from the North, it would have been easy to mistake Reykjavik for a tropical latitudes city! There was not a single cloud around, so our roof for the tour was a blue blue sky, and there was a strong sun to give us a light and a tiny bit of warmth. We got excellent views at the mountains and at the Snaefellsjokull, before we found a pod of 6-10 white-beaked dolphins. While it was not easy to secure close looks, it was fascinating to watch this pod in obvious feeding behaviour, always followed by a bunch of kittiwakes swarming above them constantly. When they disappeared, we began to sail again, only to be cut in our way by a minke whale! The gorgeous animal seemed to then turn around, passed by in front of us again, then turned on our right side. It is easy to misread in this kind of situation, but it looked like the whale turned around to have a look at us! Then it switched behaviour and started to regularly go on deeper dives. A look on the fish finder confirmed there was food close to the bottom, so we patiently waited for some breaks in between feeding sequences to have as much sightings as we could before it was time to head back home. All f that, of course, in a weather that was getting warmer and warmer. A perfect morning!

    - Guillaume Calcagni

    Bird species seen on today's tours include: northern gannet, black-legged kittiwake, northern fulmar, white-tailed eagle & eider duck

    We are sailing out from the Old Harbour in Reykjavik today. Sea conditions are favorable, but we do have complimentary sea sickness tablets at the ticket office and on the boat. All our boats have inside and outside areas and to make the tour even more comfortable we provide warm overalls. Hope you will be able to join us today.