Sunday, 20 June 2021

Sunday, 20 June 201


Report from Elding: We went out in the bay, under the sun and very optimistic after this morning. The wind was picking up a bit and the sea getting more choppy but nothing uncomfortable. We went straight to were we saw the humpback before. During the way out we saw a blow of a humpback whale that was close ! But it went for a dive and we could not find it again. We also saw a minke whale a bit further but it was quite hard to spot. We looked for a while and we found Tattoo the humpback whale again. There was at least one other humpback in the area, we spotted the blow many times. We stayed with Tattoo for a while, it was showing us its tail with recognisable rakes. We were going back when we saw had an amazing sighting of a humpback whale interacting with 3-4 white beaked dolphin. The animal rolled and we saw it on its back with dolphins jumping around. Another humpback whale joined us while we were looking at the dolphins. Amazing tour !

- Miquel Pons


Report from Þrauma Rib: It was beautifully sunny and warm this morning, well at least in the harbour. It was a little different when getting out into the bay where the sun was still strong but it was cold, windy and choppy with some swell coming from the west. Still we had one of the most amazing whale watching tours we have had all week. First we stopped at our closest island to say hello to the cute puffins and then out into the bay to find a humpback whale we know very well called 'TATTOO' that we have known since 2016 and seen on over 80 occasions since. It was just amazing to watch Tattoo feed, as he was using a technique know very well by humpback whales 'bubble netting', blowing bubbles from the blow hole through the water to trap the fish and then unhinge their mouth to take in masses amount of the food and water in one mouth full. We even got to see the flippers and many beautiful high flukes as it dived. On the way home we spotted an elusive group of 2-3 white-beaked dolphins but we saw them maybe twice before they disappeared. What a fantastic tour.

- Megan Whittaker


Report from Elding : We started this morning tour under a beautiful blue sky and a lot of sun. There was very little wind and the sea was calm even if a bit choppy further out, so we had perfect conditions to enjoy the tour. We first spotted a minke whale that appeared close to us. The minke was not coming back so we decide to go further out in the bay. It was a good idea because we spotted blows from 4-5 individuals that were probably all humpback whales. There was also a minke whale in the same area We approached one of the humpbacks and could observe a beautiful fluke dive. The whale was resurfacing many times close to the boat and we could recognise Tattoo ! One of our well known whales. After a good moment with beautiful creature we went back home to Reykjavik. During the way back we saw one more minke whale and 2 white beaked dolphins playing in the wave created by our boat.

- Miquel Pons

Bird Species ID´d today: Northern Gannet, Atlantic Puffin, Common Guillemot, Arctic tern, Arctic skua, Northern Fulmar, Kittiwake, Eider Duck, great-black backed gull, lesser black-backed gull, herring gull.

Today we will be operating on Þruma RIB for our 10:00 Premium tour and our lovely vessel Elding for the 09:00 and 13:00 Classic tour. Make sure to dress appropriately for the tours as it is always colder on sea than on land. Join us by booking online or contact us directly for more information ( / +354 519 5000).

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