Sunday, 16 July 2017

Today we sailed out with cloudy conditions and some rain. We did not need to travel far, only 10 minutes, before we spotted our first blow. It was a single individual, but it was behaving quite elusive so we decided to continue our trip. We spotted two individuals in the distance and at the same time two other individuals, making it hard to decide which whales to watch first. One of the pairs was joined by a third animal and on several occasions these three even approached our boat giving us amazing views. In the distance we spotted many more individuals among which was another group of three. We got quite a surprise when one of the three near us started tail lobbing, throwing the back of its body out of the water creating huge splashes. The group of three was joined by another animal, a great ending of the afternoon tour when these four approached the boat and showed us their pretty flukes. On the morning tour another whale provided us with a great show by breaching just in front of our boat. An amazing day with at least 15 humpbacks not far from Akureyri and some spectacular whale behaviour.
Text by Anouk de Plaa and pictures by Manu Bassoi.