Sunday, July 8, 2018
Last days we had really amazing trips, where calves were protagonist. It is the time where a lot of the white-beaked dolphins are giving birth and pods are integrated by several young individuals. They are quite easy to identify, since they love playing and jumping out of the water, while they are being watched by the adults.
Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Yesterday night was one of those evening when everything comes together. Humpback whales took literally our breath away from the beginning of the tour until the end.
As a start, we were lucky enough to observe 4 fully grown humpbacks lunge-feeding right next to our boat; coming up at the surface with their mouths wide open! The number of whales in the bay was countless as we could see blows all around us in the distance.
Thursday, June 28, 2018
Not for nothing Húsavík is called the whale watching capital of Europe: within the past days the number of whales in the bay has increased incredibly! Humpback whales seem to be everywhere! As one looks around their flukes appear in every direction and the horizon is covered by a cloud of blows.
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Already yesterday some of our boats came across a real unusual sight: northern bottlenose whales had made their way into Skjálfandi Bay! Much to our surprise, the pod of whales was seen again on some of today’s departures! Northern bottlenose whales are part of the beaked-whales family.
Monday, June 25, 2018
In the beginning of May we started to spot increasing numbers of whales around Skjalfandi Bay. Every day, more and more were coming to feed in the cold Icelandic water. The first rule when you visit Iceland is that you must be ready for every type of weather, as you can experience every season - autumn, winter, spring and summer - all in one day.
Saturday, June 23, 2018
Since this morning a well-known whale can be seen from our boats: the blue-fin-hybrid arrived to Skjálfandi Bay! Thanks to the hybrid’s dorsal fin it can be easily recognised as the same individual whenever it shows up here in the North.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
By the end of May, several new staff members arrived to work as part of the team of Gentle Giants. Among our new guides is Freyja Petursson who travelled all the way from New Zealand to join our team here in Húsavík.
Monday, June 18, 2018
About a week ago Óli (Ólafur Ármann Sigurðsson) started working as a captain on our RIB speed boats and is since then going out for our “GG2 Big Whale Safari and Puffins”-tours.
Before being allowed to sail into the bay on his own, he underwent a training, which was carried out by our head captain Sverrir Yngvi Karlsson.
Friday, June 15, 2018
Before Trina started to work as a guide for Gentle Giants last summer, she studied marine biology at the University of Southampton. In her final thesis for the master degree, Trina happened to write about the bird, which Iceland is most-known for: the puffin!
However, there is a lot more to know about these cute and charming little birds that visit our bay for a few months each summer.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
This past week was the annual “studying marine mammals in the wild” course run through the University of Iceland. There have been students joining us at Gentle Giants on many tours to learn and take data on photo identification, whale tracking, acoustics, and whale behaviour.