Monday, October 1, 2007
After a few days of bad weather and cancelled tours, it had finally got better around midday and therefore captain Alli decided to go out on the 13:15 tour to explore the bay and what it had to offer after the storm – the only whale watching boat that sailed out from Husavik.
This day started quite harsh, with southern winds and no whales seen on our morning trip. As unpredictable as nature can be, the situation in the bay can change anytime and on the next tour – only ca.
Aþena Lind Stefansdottir, one of the manager’s daughters, took her class out to sea yesterday. At 13:15, 20 young students sailed out to Skjalfandi bay on our boat Sylvia for an educational trip as well as looking for whales – some children going for the first time out to sea, others having been often before.
Sometimes fate seems to play a role in our visitors lives, and last tuesday was a good example. Unexpectedly a storm hit the bay around noon, and boats had to return from their trips earlier due to it, but the passengers on the 13:15 tour insisted on wanting to go out anyway, and were in for a great surprise! The captain Aðalsteinn Ólafsson ordered everyone to stay on top of the captains room, in order not to get as wet as they would have considering the rough sea, and hit the "throttle" and headed towards where humpbacks had last been spotted.
Today has been a very good day for whale watching and four species of whales have been spotted today in beautiful weather! We even spotted sei whales, which are seldom seen in Skjálfandi Bay. Sei whale is a part of the baleen whale family and is in fact the third largest rorqual after the blue whale and fin whales.
After having to cancel our tours for two days due to bad weather, we were finally able to sail out to Skjalfandi Bay today with many whale watchers in the search of whales. Friendly minke whales, many harbour porpoises and finally a breaching humpback greeted our passengers today, who had many been waiting patiently after good weather.
The last couple of days the weather has been making things a little wet and windy for our passenger’s and crew, as we had to cancel few of our trips but then going out with full boats on Thursday when the weather got a little bit better and having the pleasure of following a Humpback trough out the day.