Thursday, February 20, 2014

Humpback whale and dolphins!

So, today we had a tour with a nice surprise: a humpback whale. We started of with common dolphins feeding close to fishing boats, and later we traveled east to see bottlenose dolphins. We didn't stay long with the dolphins as we heard that our lookout spotted a blow further out. We immediately went to the area of the mysterious blow and we didn't have to wait long before we saw a few blow and then a fluke, a bit far away from us. We just started to think that this whale might be down for a while when we heard the strong blow on our left side, very close to us, as the whale had swum under us and surfaces just next to us. And then we got our second fluke. 

I (Ida) was on this boat today, and this was my first humpback whale. I was so happy and so excited that all my whale photos turned blurry. So, this is what I have to share with you today. 

Humpback whale blow, note the white shadow in the water, it is the flipper (pectoral fin)

Humpback whale fluking

Humpback whale fluking

Bottlenose dolphin

Bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphin

One of the common dolphins that was around the fishing boats

Pulling out the mackerel

One of many great skuas today

Blacklegged kittiwake

Another one of many great skuas today

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