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Glittering minkes

Although we met nice white-beaked dolphins today, the real stars of the show were the minke whales today! We found several hot spots of food, full of sea birds and with several whales lunging around for fish. And with this beautiful weather, even the dark skinned minkes were shining splendidly.

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Feeding frenzy

It was a bad day to be a sandeel, everybody feeds on you out in Faxafloi Bay: the seabirds, Minke whales, White-beaked dolphins and even other fish.

The 2 pm tour was very privileged to meet a friendly and inquisitive individual, swimming around the boat, checking out its passengers and blowing on them. Video of this Minke whale encounter has been posted on the Whale Safari Instagram page.

 

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Sunshine !

So much food in the area, a lot of seabirds were out there feeding, sign posting where the shoals of fish where being hunted. We aim for those hotspots and hope for cetaceans encounters. Observing the birds fishing is always a thrill and sometimes it leads us to Minke whales and dolphins too. The day came to an end beautifully with a Humpback whale showing the underside of it fluke as it dove.

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Minke whales all around

Many Minke whales have been observed today. They were busy feeding among flock of seabirds. The 4 pm tour did not see as many birds but was lucky to meet a very inquisitive individual that came up right to the boat. Another great day for go whale watching in Faxafloi Bay. 

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Back to the water

Always nice to head back after days off, whether it was because the windy conditions kept us out of the water or a few days of rest in our work schedule.

Seabirds are the best, you can spot them from really far away when they gather to feed on fish shoals close to the surface. Sometimes whales or dolphins feed in the area as well. The birds attract our attention to the right places. And even when no cetacean appear, it is always fascinating to have a closer look at them and observe all their different fishing techniques. Lucky day, Minke whales and White-beaked dolphins were around, including a very young calf in the dolphin pod.

 

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Cancelled day

Unfortunately the Whales, Puffins and Reykjavik tours were cancelled due to rough sea conditions. Hoping for better weather in the next days.

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Spy-hoping minkie

Minkie whales can be quite elusive animals. When they are feeding in our waters (their feeding grounds), they are most of the time focusing in that, eating. Nevertheless, from time to time this little whales surprise us with curious behaviours. One of these is spy-hoping, where the animal will take the head out to see what is going on out of the water. And today that is what we saw. We found a couple of minkies close to a flock of birds where delighted us with some close-ups of their mouths, faces and even pectoral fins. It was amazing.

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Clouds, wind & sun

This morning although a bit windy we had great number of White-beaked dolphins around the boat in the first two trips. In the one a clock trip we spot a lot of birds feeding in the distance, when we got close we spot a Minke whale and after a while other start to showing up..in total more that 5 Minke whales and in the meanwhile a pod of White-beaked dolphins although not as playful as in the morning.

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Splashy sailing

The easterly breeze got our passengers quite wet today. The waves were not that big but their direction meant it was impossible to head out in the bay without taking quite a lot of splashes into the boat. Not to worry, the sea wildlife don´t mind getting wet. Hundreds of seabirds could be observed feeding close to our RIB speedboat. We saw Minke whales, shy dolphins, Harbour porpoises and even a Humpback whale on the first tour. All 4 of the species most commonly seen out of Reykjavik. Worth getting wet for and most of our guest enjoyed the roller coaster ride. A taste of Iceland adventure.

PS: Sorry, no picture today, the camera stayed in its protective bag. Optics and salt water do not get along.  =)

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Glassy whale searching

Beautiful morning out there, nice to sea some sun shining in those weeks of grey weather in Reykjavik. The afternoon was less lucky with the weather but had better sightings of the Minke whales that remained quite mysterious on the first tour, appearing briefly among the birds feeding and then diving again, not coming back in sight

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Choppy whalewatching

Although the rain in the morning and the wind through all day we had good sightings in all our trips, in the first two tours we spot a Humpback although it was a bit illusive. In all other trips we have several Minke whales, some doing lunge feeding below the flocks of birds waiting for their turn. A lot of bird flocks everywhere feeding in the Sand-eels schools, in some of the flocks we spot several tiny European-Storm petrels.

 

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Charlie

Today we encountered Charlie. For the ones who dont know who he is, is one of our most notorious humpback whales at the bay. He was close to us, really close. Interacting with other boats as well, tail slapping, popping out by us... and all of this happened with an escort of white beaked whale that were by him. All of this was happening in the perfect frame, the spectacular landscape of Faxafloy bay. It was one of this days everybody will remember for life.

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27th

Great weather, very smooth seas. The morning tours had been quite lucky already to observe Minke and Humpback whales feeding among flocks of seabirds diving after the fish.

Then an unusual sighting was mentioned of Kevlavik! It was quite a risky bet to go that far to look for them. But our captains were confident in the 600 horses power of the speed boat twin engines. We could sail fast on that smooth water to reach the area and the tense search began. Both tours have been successful and everybody onboard enjoyed a very rare (for Faxafloi Bay) and amazing encounter: Orcas! A young individual was very playful and kept swimming around the other members of the pod of 6.

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Cancelled Day

Unfortunately the Whales, Puffins and Reykjavik tours were cancelled due to poor weather. Hoping for better weather on the horizon.

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Humpbacks cheering Iceland

We all have seen the Icelandic fans cheering their team for the World Cup 2018, clapping hands and screaming while doing so. Well, apparenlty the mood got contagious, so even the whales are doing the same! Look at the video, nicely recorded by one of our customers, Christopher van der Haas. On it, we can see the humpback showing some pectoral slapping behaviour during the evening tour. The video is self explanatory, and we all were amazed by our luck to share such a moment with the whale. We couldn´t believe our eyes. 

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Peaceful sailing

Only the evening tour has been conducted today. While the wind had truly dropped down, there was quite a decent swell still animating Faxafloi bay. This made for an enjoyable ride, rolling gently up and down the hills of water surrounding the RIB.  

Various seabirds have been observed from up close but they were not feeding very actively, the whole bay was rather quiet. A Minke whale has been spotted a few times and remained focused on its feeding.

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