Saturday, 10 February 2024

Saturday, 10 February 2024

Today we will be operating on our lovely vessel Eldey for the 9:00 and 13:00 Classic Whale Watching tour. Make sure to dress according to weather, as it is usually colder at sea than on land.



Report from Eldey: The sun is still not up in the sky, but the views are starting to appear. The wind is like a cold blanket but with some very cozy overalls, we were ready for some cetacean action! We ventured into the bay looking for whales, dolphins, and porpoises and after 15 minutes of searching, a blow was spotted near the harbour. It was a humpback whale and then 2 more popped up not too far so we focused on them individually. This first one was doing long dives and was hard to follow so we went to see another one. This individual was more active and it was doing constant fluke dives! An amazing animal, coming close to the boat and giving us good angles for photography! Suddenly, it breached!! The same individual that breached yesterday, a very rare event for our geographic position! We followed this whale for a little while and then went in search of more closer to other islands. When we got back we saw these 3 humpbacks once more and got back to the harbour with a warm heart and cold hands.

- Pedro Teixeira


Report from Eldey and Hafsúlan: I don't even know where to start the report of this afternoon tour! Although cold, it was giving a lot of summer vibes, with the sun shining during the whole tour, the great sea conditions, the amount of seabirds all around and the whales being so active! About 15 min after we started our tour, we saw a blow in the distance and we decided to check it out. We had a humpback whale very close, going for a deeper dive. Then we saw another one, not very far away, going for beautiful deep dives. As other boats started to come, we decided to take a loop, as we spotted a 3rd humpack about a kilometer away! We were still coming close to it and suddenly this one started to breach! We saw 3 breaches in a row and we watched with our mouths opened, waiting for more. This whale did not disappoint: between 15-20 breaches, in between some head slap, full breaches (back and rolling)... Wow, wow, wow...In fact, this whale started far from the others but with all the breaches, it ended up taking us closer to the islands and where the others where. We also were amazed by the amount of seabirds around, flying close to us, and about 6 grey seals around as well, one even resting on a rock nearby. We checked the other whales from time to time, but we didnd't even need to move much, since they were in the same area and sometimes same direction, watching some rolling on the surface, and even lunge feeding. What a great, great tour! We all had a blast with out favorite animals at the sea and for sure this tour will be hard to get over with. The magic glow of the winter...

- Milla Brandao and Eline Van Aalderink 

Bird species encountered today include:

Northern gannet, herring gull, black-backed gull, common gull, European shag, great cormorant, razorbill, black guillemot, eider duck.