DAILY DIARY

06.09.16 - WHALE WATCHING TOURS -09:00 - 13:00 - ON

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W021°59’3077”

When I said the weather looked decent, I may have been being a bit too optimistic.

 

Some winds greeted us in the morning and kept up through out the day.

The minkes were way too shy to get a good look at to begin with.

But we outsmarted them in the end and got some decent looks at them.

 

Winds coming in from the southeast tomorrow, hopefully not to bad.

We shall see.

 

-JIB

 

“Is it not curious, that so vast a being as the whale should see the world through so small an eye, and hear the thunder through an ear which is smaller than a hare's?" 

-Herman Melville 

 

 

 

 

 

This was taken on the 25th of August by Live Marx.

There we can see a couple of white-beaked dolphins swimming by.

And a few more. A really good look at them.

And another of our regulars, a minke whale. Notice the little notch near the base of the dorsal fin.

And then there was this guy....

He's not a regular. He's a baskin shark.

 

Great thanks to Live Marx.

05.09.2016 - WHALE WATCHING YOURS -09:00 - 13:00

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

Today was a day of highs and lows.

 

It started out with low winds, and a low volume of whale sightings.

We did see a couple of minkes, they were really skittish and a bit ways off.

And further out we saw about four dolphins, they were nice but terribly hard to get a good look at.

 

As the day went on the wind started picking up a bit.

Not too bad though, a bit rough, a few white tops.

 

But on our midday tour we were in for a treat.

We see a minke whale, which isn't that much of an achievement in itself, but then we see another one right next to it.

Two minkes. Very nice.

 

And one of them comes real close.

Checked us out, and another whale watching boat just beside us.

Some great pictures were taken.

All in all a fine day.

 

The weather looks decent in the coming days and hopefully, the rumors and reports of humpbacks to the south of us will finally yield some sightings of them 

in the near future.

 

-JIB

04.09.2016 - WHALE WATCHING TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
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13:00 - ON

17:00 - ON

03.09.2016 - WHALE WATCHING TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

9:00 - ON

13:00 - ON

17:00 - ON

 

Today we saw two pods of white beaked dolphins in the morning one of 4-6 individuals and later a family pod with juveniles. In the morning tour there were plenty of fish and plunging birds and we encountered a group of 2-3 minke whales.

- JHF

02.09.2016 - WHALE WATCHING TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
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9:00 - ON

13:00 - ON

17:00 - ON

01.09.2016 - WHALE WATCHING TOURS

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9:00 - ON

31.08.2016 - WHALE WATCHING TOURS

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09:00 - ON

13:00 - ON

17:30 -ON

30.08.2016- WHALE WATCHING TOUR

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W021°59’3077”

9:00 - ON

13:00 - ON

17:00 - ON

29.08.2016- WHALE WATCHING TOUR

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

9:00 - ON

13:00 - ON

 

 

9:00

Calm winds....

No. There is no way to call this sort of weather any kind of wind.

A lazy breeze. It's almost perfectly still.

Really good conditions. Flat seas stretching towards the horizon, Reykjanes and Snæfellsnes bordering the bay to the south and the north.

We can count the mountains on them.

It's not far that we have gone before we see a minke

A large calm minke whale, just swimming about, doing it's thing, taking it easy.

A bit of surface feeding, not staying under for too long.

It even comes close to us, checking us out.

Checks out all the three whale watching boats that come near it.

Probably the most curious minke I have seen this month.

A real good start to the day.

Let's see what the near future brings us.

 

-JIB     

 

13:00 

 

Still just as calm as we head out on our midday tour.

And it has been a long time since I have seen so many whales out here.

First of we see a few harbor porpoises going by.

We catch a couple of good looks at them, which is at least one more good look than you can hope for from a porpoise.

Then further out we find at least four minke whales in a quite small area.

Diving for quite long, but still staying in same spot for the most part.

Might be as many as six or even seven minkes there all in all.

We watch them for a while, see a few more porpoises too.

A lot of the minkes are feeding from just below the surface, which is good, because we haven't been seeing to much fish on our echo sounder in the past few days.

More fish coming into the bay, hopefully.

We hear reports of humpbacks as well, more like rumors actually.

Way too far south to be of any use for us, about twice our possible range away, if they are there at all.

But maybe, just maybe, the humpbacks are coming back.

What a grand thing that would be.

After looking at the minkes for a while, and a fine showing they give, we head a bit north, where we encounter a pod of about twenty white beaked dolphins.

An active bunch they are as well, keep going in circles, we have to squeeze every ounce of agility out of Gullfoss to keep up.

And it's enough.

We get a really good look at the dolphins, very lively, a whole lot of calves among that group.

So, my theory is, if dolphin children are similar to human children (they are a bit, both tiny and adorable)

they are probably just running after them, trying to get them to behave.

After a few minutes of this we head back and see yet another group of porpoises.

Which makes for three, well seen, porpoise groups.

Which is about three more than usual, have I ever mentioned how terribly shy porpoises can be.

A rich full day, not a single frown was seen.

 

We are now nearing the end of summer. 

Tomorrow cold winds will blow down from the north east. 

This has been the calmest, warmest summer in recent memory, and even further back. 

Soon the days draw shorter and the nights longer, the auroras are beginning to do their majestic dance in the evenings. 

The weather is changing and we shall see what the winter brings us.

 

Interesting days ahead for all of us.

 

-JIB

 

“The Only Thing That Is Constant Is Change -”― Heraclitus

28.08.2016- WHALE WATCHING TOURS

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

09:00 - ON

13:00 - ON

17:00 - ON

 

 

A quiet day with a few dolphins. Decent weather, a lot of birds.

A couple of minkes in the afternoon. Good conditions still

Ending the day with rough conditions and not a lot of life in the bay.

The forecast for tomorrow is good though, so things are looking bright.

 

-JIB

 

27.08.16-WHALE WATCHING TOURS ON

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

09:00 - ON

13:00 - ON

17:00 - OFF

26.08.16 - WHALE WATCHING ON

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

09:00 - 13.00 - 17:00 

We got some photos from our passenger.

Thank you Kate, for sharing your photos with us.

25.08.2016 WHALE WATCHING TOURS

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9:00 - ON

13:00 - ON

17:00 - ON

24.08.2016 WHALE WATCHING TOURS

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9:00 - ON

13:00 - ON

17:00 - ON

23.08.2016 WHALE WATCHING TOURS ON

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09:00 - ON

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17:00 - ON

22.08.2016 - WHALE WATCHING TOURS ON 09:00 - 13.00 - 17:00

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

09:00 - We saw dolphins and minke whales.

21.08.2016 - WHALE WATCHING TOUR

N64°12’03.59”
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9:00 - ON

13:00 - ON

17:00 - ON

 

 

9:00

So out we go.

Calm winds from the north.

A bit wet. The seas are calm.

Good spotting conditions.

And we spot minkes to the northwest. Maybe even a humpback in the area.

A lot of minkes. Big minkes, small minkes, pairs of minkes.

It's really unusual to see so many minkes in a such a small area.

A few of them lunge feeding even.

A great start.

And then.... the humpback is found.

We are pretty much out of time by this point.

But we try to get a look at it. It goes for a dive.

We wait for a bit. Look around, it could come up anywh....

BREACH!!

With a corkscrew at the end.

So that was excellent.

 

-JIB  

 

13:00

A bit of a drizzle as we leave Reykjavik harbor. The seas are flat as a mirror.

I will miss this kind of weather as winter comes. 

We head in a westward direction, hearing rumors of a lot of minkes that way.

 

And minkes we find. A few at least.

A few minkes is really good because usually minkes are solitary creatures.

And we see a nice group of dolphins being quite playful.

Then we head back.  

And on the way back we manage to find a humpback.

We are quite out of time already. but we stop to get a glimpse at it.

It's a young humpback, that dives for a long time, but we manage to see it for a little while.

 

17:00

We head out with a whole lot of rain following of in the distance us behind us.

It's still calm. Even calmer than before. I've rented DVD's that were not this smooth on the underside.

 

But there is a change.

The large schools of mackerel are nowhere to be seen, they were all over the place a few days ago.

And then the bay was swarming with humpbacks, full of birds and fish and life...

 

Those were the days

 

The incredible numbers of minkes, just from this morning, seem to have dwindled down as well.

But we head on, stalwart in our mission of showing people some whales.

 

And we do manage to find a really good group of at least seven dolphins. We follow them for about fifteen minutes, which is a good time for us and the dolphins.

 

Then we head south for a bit. 

And there we watch a minke in the rain. It shows itself well, comes quite close (thought it looked a bit lighter in places than some minkes I have seen. hard to say though, because minkes can be quite evasive at times.) Every one gets a good look, everyone (even the minke) has a good time.

 

And then we head back to Reykjavik, sailing out of rain.

 

- JIB 

 

 

20.08.2016 - WHALE WATCHING TOUR

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

9:00 - ON

13:00 - ON

17:00 - ON

19.08.2016 - WHALE WATCHING TOUR

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

9:00 - ON

13:00 - ON

17:00 - ON

0900

A calm start to a calm day. Soft winds followed us out as we headed west.

Found a minke whale  pretty much right away after we came out of the harbour limits.

Then we found another minke.

And then we found some dolphins as well.

Good conditions for spotting humpbacks, so if they are there, we'll find them.

No mackerel, at least not in numbers like they were yesterday.

 

1300

The mackerel spots have appeared again...

And a minke, again pretty much right away.

Another minke, both of them hunting around the same mackerel spots.

Very good. Then we headed for dolphins. But no, even better news came.

humpback was sighted. And we head over there. (saw another minke on the way)

What do you know, it's Mr. Brownspots again !

Three days in a row, what an examplary specimen of a whale.

I would like more whales that show this kind of consistency.

And on the way back we checked out a jovial group of white-beaked dolphins.

Another fine day in Faxaflói, making a living, pointing at whales instead of working.

-JIB

18.08.2016 - WHALE WATCHING TOURS ON

N64°12’03.59”
W021°59’3077”

09:00 

Soft winds from the south-south-west.

Took a short loop north, saw some dolphins.

Checked out a humpback a little further south.

 

Lots of sea life, weather forecast looks good.

Things do look bright.

 

-JIB

 

13:00

Went straight for the friendly humpback male that we saw on the morning trip.

Mr. Brownspots (which shall be his name until I am told otherwise) was calm and cool, and displayed his flukes with their brown spots (hence the name) quite often. He came very close and hung around for a while.

The weather looks promising for the next few days, and if the mackerel stays in the same numbers we have been seeing for the past few days we ought to be able to see a bit of whales in the coming days.

 

-JIB