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Whale Safari in strong winds

What did we see today? Humpback Whales, Minke Whales, White Beaked Dolphins

Today there was a strong south westerly wind and we all dressed up well before heading out into Faxafloi bay.  We were lucky to spot many groups of sea birds at sea which helped us find the resident Minke whales.  Captain Axel spotted the blow of a humpback whale in the distance and thats when the tour really got interesting...

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With the regularly surfacing humpback was white beaked dolphins and many minke whales.

We stayed with the whales as the birds flocked all around us, calling and catching the fish from the surface of the bay.  We then left to investigate a large blow in the distance but the whale didnt surface very regularly and we ran out of time so we passed this over to another boat to investigate further....

 

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Love Is In The Air

The whole day we were enjoying beautifully calm sea, ideal for whale watching. We had nice encounters with Minke whales (of which some were surface feeding :)!) and Harbour porpoises and White-beaked dolphins super close to our boats. In one group, 4 White-beaked dolphins were very curious, playfully swimming around our boat, jump-rolling over the bubbles behind our engines and we even saw them mating! With all this playful vibes, love in the air and calm sea, who could be in a bad mood? :) 

White-beaked dolphin

White-beaked dolphin

Minke whale

Minke whale

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Humpback tail lobbing and plenty of Dolphins

What did we see today? Humpback Whale, White Beaked Dolphins, Minke Whale.

Below is a picture of the dolphin recognisable from his split dorsal fin that we saw today, in a pod of a roughly 15 individuals.

The dolphins let us come close on two tours but were not interested in playing near the boat today.

We were also lucky enough to see a humpback tail lobbing today and a breach in the distance. Here is a picture below showing tail lobbing.

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Team Breaching

Constant shower on Reykjavik area and Faxaflói during the whole day. Wind was very strong and there were waves even in the harbour, so we had to cancelled all our tours. That´s why we decided to take time to organize the gift shop in the ticket office and do some maintenance in one of the boats, the bigger one, the beast, Þruma III as well known as Jón Páll! The boat needed some oil change and a good clean up of the hull. You can see below one of our crew members Inga in the ticket office and the resto of the crew cleaning out the boat outside in the harbour.

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Rough sea

Today was an unusual day in the bay...We spotted few blows and few fins...we were waiting, looking all around... but despite all our efforts it seemed like the animals disappeared.. :( Rough sea conditions didn't help us either... We saw Harbour porpoises on one tour, a glimpse of Minke and dolphins. On one tour we had more luck and had a nice pretty close encounter with a Humpback whale in company with 3 White-beaked dolphins. Dolphins were slowly swimming on the side, while Humpback rolled over the sea surface few times. 

There was lot of bird activity though. The whole day we were watching Skuas chasing and stealing pray from others, gulls fighting, Northern Gannets plunge diving at high speed, Puffins bringing fish to their chics, tiny Storm Petrels...

Despite amazing bird activity, the Cetaceans which didn't show themselves much and rough sea didn't make this day the best sighting day; so, we're hoping the conditions will change soon and lets cross our fingers to have more luck the next time!

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Minke and Dolphins in rough seas

What did we see today?  Minke Whales, White beaked dolphins

Today we didnt take any photos of the minke whales and white beaked dolphins we saw but as you can see below, this is what a minke can look like in calm seas.  The minkes we saw were in some powerful waves, lunge feeding and the dolphins were spread across the bay of Faxafloi in small pods of 3 - 4 individuals.  The dolphins came and played with RIB bow riding for a short time.  Later in the day, seabirds gathered in flocks at sea feeding on the rising sand eels which made sighting the minke whales amongst them easier.  What will happen tomorrow?

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Whale Time

Sailing was smooth during the tours of today, the sea has been almost flat and very enjoyable ride we had. We got a variety of wildlife during the tours, in some of them we could enjoy some minke whales swimming along the bay and in others we spotted a humpback whale who was raising its fluke above the water surface before going for longer dives.

A pod of white-beaked dolphins were spotted in the morning trip for few minutes before they kept on going in their way.

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Minke, Dolphins and Humpback whales

What did we see today?  Minke Whales, White beaked dolphins, Humpback Whale and harbour porpoises.

A surprisingly flat sea greeted our RIB today and we headed out into Faxafloi bay.  We met a pod of white beaked dolphins who played in our bow wave - see our facebook video below taken by naturalist Ewa Malinowska.

 

We then spotted a breaching humpback and took the following footage below.    It breached several times and fin slapped its pectoral fins.  

Although the afternoon tours were not as succeed as the morning ones. We did have a sighting of a minke whale very briefly. The animal was travelling quiet fast heading out the Bay, so we just could see it a couple of times, that´s why we gave a complementary ticket to our passengers for them to try next time a better luck.

 

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Caribbean Waters

What did we see today: White-beaked dolphins, minke whale, humpback whale

Beautiful shades of green colored the Bay today. We did have a long and gentle swell very enjoyable during the rides while searching for the big beasts. 

Photo taken by Kathleen

Photo taken by Kathleen

All kind of sizes of minke whales were swimming all along the Bay in the different tours during the day, from small juveniles to big adults. At some point we came across a single humback whale which was raising the fluke every time before gone for a deep and long dive. It was a couple of times that the animal surfaced very close to the boat so we could see the actual length of the animal once comparing it to the boat.

A pod of white beaked dolphins were swimming around in the morning tour showing us the beautiful patterns around their bodies!

Photo taken by Kathleen

Photo taken by Kathleen

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Silvery day at sea

What did we see today? Humpback Whale, Minke Whale, White beaked dolphin, Harbour Porpoise.

Welcome flat seas and beautiful, silvery reflected skies!  We set out into mirror-like waters and instantly found a humpback whale and many minke whales surfacing all around the boat.  On our way back to land we also saw dolphins which played around the boat.  Several dolphin calves were jumping and playing for about 10 minutes  - see the video below.

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Humpmazing Tour!!

What we saw today: Humpback Whales, Minke Whales, White beaked dolphins.

What an Awesome tour! The sunny start only got better when we headed out into the bay to be greeted by humpbacks and minke whales.  We had a fantastic half an hour with a humpback whale on the 11 o´clock tour.  So much so that everyone agreed to immortalised in this fantastic group photo!

Such was the good feeling of this tour that we have asked for any photos taken to be sent in so we can share them on the whale diary!

 

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Minke everywhere!

What did we see today?  Minke Whale x 10! Humpback Whale, White beaked dolphin, harbour porpoises.

Perfectly flat seas greeted us today on our morning tours and as the day passed, gentle rolling waves started.  In such excellent conditions seeing whales was easy.  Minke whales surfaced around the boat repeatedly and the sea birds dived and flew around us.  The calm feeling of the day caught everyone in its arms and the sea rocked us gently as a humpback surfaced (see video), breathed deep and then dived showing us its flukes.

The harbour porpoise, ever the friend of the minke whale approached the boat and jumped with joy.  Finally we saw a travelling pod of white beaked dolphins heading into the distance....

 

What a beautiful day to be at sea.

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Whipped Cream Wednesday

What did we see today: Humback whale, minke whale, harbour porpoise and white-beaked dolphins

Chocolate cake with cream for desert today we had in between the whale watching tours. The day was full of minke whales sightings where the animals were very chilled out swimming along the Bay of Reykjavik giving us the chance to have a great look at their back and dorsal fins.

We had an encounter with a humpback whale which was lunge feeding under a flock of birds. The head of the whale came out above the water surface showing the baleen plates hanging out from the upper jaw.

We came across a pod of white beaked dolphins for a short time before they left, maybe not in the mood to join us for the ride, next time!

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Close Up sightings!

What did we see today? Humpback whale, Minke Whales, White beaked dolphins, Harbour porpoises.

Today we were lucky with both the weather and the sightings.  We had three humpbacks in Faxafloi, all surfacing near and around the boats.  A minke whale surfaced next to us this morning and a large pod of white beaked dolphins came and checked out our boat.  The only cetacean we saw from a distance was the ever-shy harbour porpoise. 

Behaviour we witnessed today with the humpback whales included lunge feeding, checking out our ribs and for a very lucky group of people, a humpback swam under the boat itself providing a clear view of its white flippers.

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Humpback Bonanza

What did we see today? Humpback Whales, Minke, White Beaked Dolphins

Not one, not two, but THREE humpbacks are in the bay today!  We headed out in sunshine and flat seas into the bay of Faxafloi!  We saw where a humpback was surfacing regularly and then headed further out, into the bay, to see what else we could find.  We immediately found two humpback whales who were tail slapping and surfacing together.  After these gentle giants swam further out, we followed for a while and then came across a large pod of white beaked dolphins who appeared all around us and the other RIB.  We stopped the engine and watched for a while and during this time we saw minke in the distance and started out towards them.    The minke surfaced once or twice more, shining wet in the sun, before we headed home.

 

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