Breaching Minke Whale this morning - Amazing tour !
What an amazing trip :) we sailed out to Faxaflói Bay, our whale watching area where we saw a lot of Gannets flying around (largest sea bird in Iceland) we watched them hunting, throwing themselves from 30m to 40m into the water to catch their prey. All of a sudden one Harbor Porpoise showed up, surfaced twice and left us immediately. After that we found one Minke Whale who surfaced a couple of times and then stayed under water for some time. We kept on sailing in this area and encountered another Minke Whale who behaved similar to the previous one but suddenly one Minke Whale started to breach (jump) AMAZING and he did not want to stop...kept on jumping about 4 times before he was a bit exhausted. After that he surfaced quite often :) We say Thank You Very Much Minke Whale you were wonderful :)
Fantastic tour today at 12:55 - group of Long finned Pilot Whales
What a wonderful tour ~ magnificent , unforgettable , we are so happy . Long ~finned pilot whales are back and were resting really close by our boat . The " Pilots " are back here in our Bay ~ Yay !! ;) Cause just about one week ago this group were seen by the southwest Iceland and ran into difficulties , a group more then 200 Long ~finned pilot whales, and also only about two weeks ago we've spotted them by Akraness , but far from our boat , there they gathered close to shore , incredible close , so they needed help of volunteers who steered them back towards the open sea , the same happen when they were seen one week ago southwest , divers and again many volunteers had to help and support to bring them back into deeper water , hopefully now they be fine . To day we had one of the best moments with this beautiful cetaceans . We sailed very far , incredibly far out , which makes us now still sailing ... on our way back to the harbour , people are so happy and grateful to this tour here on our boat ~ there is an atmosphere of astonishment around the coffeehouse ;) Everybody exchanging there taken pictures and moments , we cant believe it ~ one of the best tours of this summer . The tour 2 weeks back were nice too ~ but to day the Long ~finned pilot whales remained only 3 meters close to our boat , a huge group , more then 100 animals , and we listen to them breathing and the sound was unbelievable magical , we kept silent to listen and close to the nature . There no words to describe this moment and no photograph can give one of this taken aspects , being present out there , able to listen how a big group of whales breathing all side by side, very close to the boat . wow ! And there were as well a group of dolphins Ive not seen before here in Faxi bay , they are around , but quit seldom . They were just in between of this big group of Long ~finned pilot whales , Striped Dolphins they are called and they are pretty small sized , they have a light stripe from behind eye up towards dorsal fin and there colours are black , black ~ blue , nice , to behold some different kinds of dolphins. The wonderful moment appeared when we divine more sounds around this group of whales and dolphins , more then the usually breathing sounds , kind of a "peep" sound, and many different pitches in the tone ~ sounds odd , but like they were communicating together . Imagine you are that close to a group of whales and listen to a sounds like that ~ unforgettable ;) And of course later we will post for you visitors some photographs .. now just quickly but just to inform you about this magical tour , please come out with us on our afternoon tour , we will sail back and tomorrow they might be still around , the long finned pilot whales ~ we are so thankful for this tour ;)))
Pilot whales ran into difficulties
A group of more than 200 pilot whales ran into difficulties in Southwest Iceland on Saturday. Many of the whales would have beached had it not been for divers and other volunteers who steered them towards the open sea. “It is naturally a species which is common in Icelandic waters at this time of year but it usually stays at greater depths. It is a deep-sea whale and belongs out in the ocean,” biologist and whale specialist Gísli Víkingsson of the Icelandic Marine Research Institute told Morgunblaðið.