Tuesday, 16 May 2017

In the morning there was no wind and the sun was a bit shy, but coming sometimes. The sea was flat and beautiful. Just leaving Akureyri and we found our first humpback whale, but as it was diving longer many times we decided to leave and search for other whales. We sailed up to Hrisey Island, and all onboard could appreciate the beautiful landscape of this area. After spending some time searching we finally found a humpback whale, which was showing its fluke many times for the enjoyment of all.  In the afternoon, again close to Hrisey Island, we could see a big splash caused by a tail lobbing humpback. The whale was raising its tail fluke out of the water and slapped many times (tail slap behaviour), and also slapped its peduncle several times (peduncle slap behaviour). There was another humpback close to this individual, but this one was calm and slow. Thus, we justed stayed there and enjoyed. 

Photographs and text by Manu Bassoi.