Thursday, December 4, 2014

An ocean of fin whales

The ocean was full of fin whales today, the second largest animal in the world with a length of up to 27 meters, and we had 9 or 10 of them out there! We started with two close to us and at least two further away to south. One turned curious and surfaced just in front of us. Fin whales at this time of the year is a happy and lucky surprise as these are migratory animals that we see almost exclusively during the spring months. We are also lucky that these whales survived the hunting up around Iceland, and are on their way back south to give birth and mate. Hopefully we will see the same ones again in spring. After watching them for a while we left them to find dolphins but on our way we came across 5 more fin whales. These had a different behaviour, swimming fast, chasing each other and luckily for us we got to see a big part of the animals as they surfaced high out of the water. We spent a long time enjoying them before we left all the whales to see a large, but spread out group of common dolphins

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