Tuesday, September 19, 2023
As the weather forecast doesn’t look good, we remember the wildlife of Skjálfandi Bay!
Up to the sky, you will see several wildlife passing above us!
Throughout the season, different marine birds are visiting Skjálfandi Bay mainly to breed.
Monday, September 18, 2023
September doesn't stop pampering us: today once again we were surprised by a whale species uncommon for this area. In the late morning, a pod of orcas (killer whales) appeared out of nowhere near our boats (which at that point were actually observing some humpback whales).
Friday, September 15, 2023
Besides all the surprise visitors and therewith rare sightings we had these days, we are just as excited to see well-known faces - or flukes to be correct!
Humpback whales, our most common sights, have unique patterns on the underside of their tail (flukes), which make it possible to identify and furthermore, recognise them should the same individual return.
Tuesday, September 12, 2023
While I have previously talked about September oftentimes being a month of surprises, today was one of these days which kept on giving and surprising - from early to late!
Those who decided to wake up extra early this morning to join our first departures were soon rewarded by our first surprise visitor of the day: a blue whale! Constantly travelling north, the individual didn't stay in the bay for too long, still we were able to get some great looks at it.
Sunday, September 10, 2023
September is a month of changes. As autumn starts, the colours of the landscape around us keep changing - soon everything will be red yellow and orange and the scent of blueberries that now appear everywhere will be in the air for several more weeks.
Saturday, September 9, 2023
September so far has been very thrilling regarding the wildlife in Skjálfandi Bay! A few days ago, we had the fortunate to observe 3 fin whales in the bay, for a short period.
And what kind of species is it?
Fin whales are the second largest whale species in the world and can reach almost 24 meters.
Wednesday, September 6, 2023
The first week of September is flying by and while days pass, whale sightings continue to be incredible.
Several humpback whales have been around during the last week - in fact, up to five individuals were spotted on some of our tours! The animals were oftentimes travelling slowly through the bay and spent a lot of time relaxing and resting on the surface.
Tuesday, September 5, 2023
In our recent posts we have talked much about the communication methods of whales and why a good hearing is essential underwater in order to survive the day.
Last, I talked about the baleen whales, which use low frequency sounds to communicate over great distances - not only to chit-chat with the individual a feeding ground away, but also to manage their annual migration between (sub-)arctic and tropical waters.
Saturday, September 2, 2023
In our recent posts I explained how cetaceans hear and listen to their surrounding, mapping and creating their world and all that's within - their key to survival.
Whilst one group of whales, the toothed whales, use echolocation for communication and navigation, the second group of whales, the baleen whales, has evolved a whole different strategy:
Baleen whales instead use really low frequencies, in some cases too low for us to hear.
Friday, September 1, 2023
August has finished full of memories and we gathered the remarkable moments that we had!
The weather was favourable and the sea was calm most of the time throughout the month allowing us to joy and explore the wildlife in Skjálfandi Bay!
Many species were seen in the bay: humpbacks whales, white beaked dolphins, minke whales were regular visitors and sighted several times during our tours.