Due to weather conditions, all the rib tours and the classic tour at 9 where cancelled. We went out in the afternoon though and had a very unexpected encounter in the small bay in front of Akureyri. There was a group of 30 to 40 pilot whales. The first and only time we have seen them before, was last year. Pilot whales are the second largest dolphin species, they can grow up to 6 meters. Pilot whales however, are a species that belongs in waters that are a lot deeper because their normal prey are deep living species. The area in front of Akureyri is very shallow. So we hope this group is doing ok and we keep an eye on them. Despite of it being really nice to see them, we do hope they will leave our fjord again soon. Apart from them, we had a brief encounter as well with our loyal northern bottlenose whale, they are still staying in the same area but the sightings of this species was conspicuous and unpredictably but it’s good to see they are still among us in the fjord.
Today’s departures, 9, 13 and 17
Text by Anouk de Plaa and pictures by Rodrigo A. Martinez Catalan