Friday, 31 March 2023


Friday, 31 March 2023

Today we are scheduled to be operating on our lovely vessel Eldey for the 9:00 and 13:00 Whale Watching tour. Make sure to dress appropriately for the tours as it is always colder on sea than on land. 


COVID-19: Keep in mind that passengers and crew are asked to ensure their own hygiene and safety at all times. Washing hands thoroughly with soap and using a hand sanitiser is advised. 


Report from Eldey: We had a lovely morning in the bay today. Although it was raining a bit, the wind was very weak and the sea was very smooth and we almost didn't have any waves! Sailing out from the harbour, the visibility started to get better and after about 45 min we spotted our first species: 2 harbour porpoises in the distance, but we kept our eye on the 2 white-beaked dolphins that were in front of us. These dolphins came quite close to us, and people in the bow could take a proper look of them! They were swimming separately, but then they got together to feed in a specific spot with seabirds, still close to us. Continuing our trip, we saw a blow in the distance and, coming closer to it, we could notice that we had 2 humpback whales together! Before we get to these ones, we saw a third humpback on the back of our boat, but we decided to focus on the pair in our front. These two were sleeping, with a very interesting logging behaviour, and we enjoyed them for a while in silence. The sea was very calm today and so the whales, lovely!

- Milla Brandao


Report from Eldey: We had such a calm morning so were all excited to see what the afternoon would hold. Equally calm conditions at sea and we quickly spotted 4 harbour porpoises. These can often be tricky to spot but actually surfaced a handful of times and came up in front on both sides of the boat. After they vanished we continued on our quest for something larger, and again not long after we saw another fin! This time it was a minke whale. We tracked it for a bit and quickly noticed it was actually two minke whales. Both were feeding and in classic minke fashion kept us on our toes as to where they might pop up next. After a few moments together we headed on in the hopes of finding something even larger and we were in luck! The two humpback whales from this morning had woken up and were now feeding near a little fishing boat. There was actually three in total, but one stayed a little in the distance. We watched them for a while and saw their fluke quite often! When time was up we headed back to the harbour. 

- Anna Richter

Bird species encountered today include:

Northern fulmar, long-tailed duck, eider duck, black backed gull, common guillemot, black headed gull, black  footed kittiwake, Northern gannet, potentially the first Atlantic puffin!