Whale diary

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    Harbour June 30 2021
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    Our next encounter was only 10 minutes later with a humpback whale that appeared to be feeding. The whale was a little difficult to follow as its movements were unpredictable. We saw the whale up close, and it showed its fluke on one occasion. Harbour porpoises were also seen during the tour. A small pod calmly swam on our right hand side, surfacing many times.

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    While we were enjoying the presence of this spectacular creature a pod of 4 white-beaked dolphins appeared on the scene and approached the boat while surfing with the waves. On the way back we were captivated by the presence of another humpback whale.

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    Wednesday 11th August
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    There were 2 humpback whales in front of us! While we were going to see them from a closer look it turned out we had 2 more humpback whales further away. Powerful blows and flukes raising above the water surface: Perfect views against the city of Reykjavík in the background. Amazing tour that will stay in the retina of our passengers for a long time for sure!

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    Monday 9 August
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    We found a minke whale that did not want our passenger to leave without a sighting. The baleen whale surfaced three times and disappeared. It is very challenging to spot the minkes in this type of sea condition. Our passengers really enjoyed the experience of a heavy sea but we still gave them complimentary tickets, the sighting of the minke being extremely short.

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    Saturday 14th August
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    This one was tough. Apparently no whales nearby in about 2 hours of sailing but thanks to our colleagues at sea finally we managed to find at least 2 humpback whales. Even one of them was breaching, lob tailing and even checking us out on our starboard side close to the bridge. Lovely end of the tour. As we had used up most of our time we had to rush back into town. 

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    We found a pod of 4-6 white-beaked dolphins, but they were not very interested in us and pretty quickly moved away. We drove a bit around the bay and then had the word of some more dolphins from our sister boat, Þruma IV. These dolphins were more playful, coming a bit closer to the boat to check us out. We then moved to a humpback whale that was close by, but it was very sleepy and relaxed.

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    Thursday 12 August
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    Wherever I was looking i was seeing a whale. In total I counted 4 humpbacks, 3-4 minke whales and 2 pods of white beaked dolphins. We first stayed with a humpback for a while, the animal was showing nice fluke dives under the "aww's" of the passengers.

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    Wednesday 11th August
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    We could stay a while with one of the first that we found but we wanted to see something further away and we found a humpback whale. It was an individual that we have seen many times this summer with a big notch on the left side of the fluke.

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    Friday 6 August 2021
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    Then a minke whale crossed our path, an awesome minke that blew bubbles whilst feeding just 20m from our bow but it wasn’t until later in the tour when we saw a humpback whale flipper slapping and breaching in the distance. The minke whale (a different individual the before) didn’t like loosing the attention so it too started breaching. AMAZING!!

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    Monday 9 August
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    This didn’t affect the wildlife though as the bay was just full of life. We saw at least 4 different humpback whales, one that stole the show breaching, flipper slapping and rolling many times it was just wonderful to watch. Everyone onboard was loving the show.

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    Many cetaceans were in the bay today and it did not take long for our first encounter with one of three humpback whales. The first whale we saw was easily visible from a long distance due to the tall blow which hung in the still air.

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    Harbour Wednesday 28 July
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    We saw a large flock of feeding birds ahead and decided to check out that area, and soon enough, a humpback whale showed itself. It was quite active, slapping its tail against the surface of the ocean and swimming around rather quickly, but never really leaving the sight of our boat, always stayed very close by.

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    Friday 6 August 2021
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    About 3 miles further up north, we found another pod of about 5 harbour porpoises, behaving in a similar way to the other ones. At the same time, we spotted a blow from a humpback whale, that we approached and observed for about half an hour.

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    Harbour Wednesday 28 July
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    After a brief sighting of a minke whale we encounter a pod of about 12 white beaked dolphins scattered around the boat. They were a bit reluctant at first to get closer to our vessel but after a while they found courage to even come with their calves. Lovely encounter. 

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    Harbour June 30 2021
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    A humpback whale showing us its fluke a few times made clear to us it was also very relaxed and up to its own thing which I suspect basically was some bottom feeding. People got a great view on this one.

     

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    After observing the puffins in an island near Reykjavik we first found a humpback whale pretty close to the harbour that was very sleepy, not moving that much. We could stay a while with it observing how it was surfacing.

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    Harbour Wednesday 28 July
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    We found a minke whale and a humpback whale quite close to the harbour. If the we quickly lost the minke, we could stay with the humpback during a long time with many fluke dives. The animal was probably feeding. We went further out and found a third specie, a pod of white beaked dolphins.

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    We heard that a boat spotted a humpback so we headed there. In the way we saw a minke whale surfacing three times on our right. We arrived to the humpback whale that fluke dived maybe 2 times but then took a nap.

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    On our journey, large splashes were visible through the fog and it soon became clear that a humpback whale lobtailing was responsible. The whale was lifting its large fluke and slapping it to the ocean surface repeatedly and all of a sudden, had vanished.

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    We went out on the bay looking for the whales, we saw a minke from far away quite close to Hvalfjörður, the whale fjord, but we decided to first head further away to see if we could find a bigger whale. We did not so we headed back to the fjord and we found a humpback whale.