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Sunday, July 23, 2017

SUNBATHING TIME AT SEA

The past few days we've been blessed with wonderful weather and sightings out in the bay. The sun has been shining and the sea has been flat and mirroring like a lake. Humpback whales were seen relaxing in the sunshine and dolphins have been incredibly playful: if not jumping high out of the water, they've been chasing the boats or were trying to socialise (or maybe rather bother) the humpback whales around whilst showing up with several hundreds individuals over the entire bay.

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

AN EARLY MORNING ADVENTURE

We left Husavik's harbor early this morning at 8AM for the first scheduled "GG2 Big Whale Safari and Puffins". For long we were the only boat out there and we decided to cross over to the mountains on the other side of the bay.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

MIDNIGHT WHALE WATCHING SPECIAL

Did you ever think of being able to watch the midnight sun out at sea whilst being surrounded by whales? Imagine that perfect shot of the whale's fluke when it leaves for a dive, the bright orange sky and the sun shining in a dark yellow tone right above the horizon on the photo's background.

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Monday, July 10, 2017

DOLPHINS, HUNGRY HUMPBACKS AND LOTS OF FLUKES

The video below was taken by Ken Turner, who recently joined us on a whale watching trip out in Skjálfandi Bay. Apart from dolphins, some hungry humpback whales showed up. The whales were surfacing with widely open mouths filled with prey.

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

RARE MOTHER AND CALF SIGHTINGS

In the past couple of weeks we have been lucky enough to see not only one, but two mother and calf pairs in the bay! The first pair sighted was an incredibly large humpback whale mother feeding in the north of the bay with a calf sticking close by her side.

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Friday, June 30, 2017

INCREDIBLE LUNGE FEEDING

During the summer time in the bay, we are sometimes able to witness the impressive humpback whale feeding behaviour known as “lunge-feeding”. Lunge-feeding is a technique used by large baleen whales, such as the humpback whale, as an efficient way to eat a lot of prey at once.

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

ALL ONE CAN ASK FOR

When it comes to whale watching, no two tours are the same. Whales change their behaviour so quickly and especially humpback whales are able to show off in very different ways. Throughout the month we were able to watch them feeding actively, socialise with other individuals or showing their power and acrobatic skills by slapping flippers or tail onto the surface as well as by breaching out of the water.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

WHALES CELEBRATING NATIONAL DAY WITH US

Yesterday, 17th of June, was Iceland's National Day. The sun was shining and the sea was calm, reflecting the blue sky and sun. Whales were spotted all over they bay, the first ones only a short sailing time away from the harbor.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

MARINE MAMMALS COURSE

Since Saturday, the annual University of Iceland “studying marine mammals in the wild” course has been taking place in Husavik. Students come both from Icelandic universities and from abroad for the week long course, and Gentle Giants is happy to participate in this again this year.

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