Sunday, 18 February 2024

Sunday, 18 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: I was quite excited this morning as it was plus degrees! It felt significantly warmer than the last few days and everyone on board was excited to see what we would find. The sea was calm with barely any wind, though it picked up slightly once we left. Shortly after departure we spotted two blows of humpback whales! We got closer and they were both feeding around us, it seemed very well timed as they there was not a lot of 'waiting for whales' but a lot of watching. We stayed with them for a bit, one of them rolled a few times showing us its white pectoral fins. After some time we headed onwards to see what else we would find. We sailed into the wind and went right into the corner where the whale was last seen. However no luck. But then - out of the corner of our eyes we spotted the blow! It had moved to a new area slighty to the left. This was a very relaxed whale that came quite close to us and changed direction often. We stayed with it for a bit and eventually headed back to harbour. On the way back however we werent done with our sightings! We found a fourth humpback whale! This one was resting at the surface, so we stayed with it for a bit but decided to leave this beauty sleeping.

- Anna Richter 


Report from Eldey: Today the weather was extremely we left the harbour we met the first humpback whale! We spent a while with this individual, and we then found out that there was another humpback in the same area! but as there were many boats around we decided to keep sailing looking for other individuals! We encountered a total of 3 humpback whales! What a beautiful tour!

-Rosalinda Cipro

Report from Hafsulan: We were the lucky ones and got to leave a little bit before Eldey! We sailed out and shortly after leaving we already spotted two blows. These were both of humpback whales! Both were very close to each other and were very actively feeding, they often came up at the same time and we always had one on each side of us so everyone got a good view. When the other boats joined we left this area and went to the other side of Videy. On our way over we were met with a lot of wind and some rain but it we were rewarded for venturing out. Here we found our third humpback whale, this individual was also feeding but in a much more relaxed way. After a few moments together we again carried on only to find our FOURTH humpback whale! Humpacks are migratory and usually leave over the winter to its amazing to see so many so close. This one was our little sleeping beauty. We hovered for a moment but did not want to disturb its slumber so headed back home with the sun coming out for us now.

- Anna Richter

bird species encountered today:

Northern fulmar, razorbill, merlin, Northern gannet, herring gull, glaucous gull, black backed gull, eider duck, great cormorant, Europeam shag