Mission – 11/1/23

Today we have had a great day. I am so happy that there is still loads of whale activity in the fjords

We have seen 3 different species today, Orcas, Humpback Whales, and Fin Whales.

There are a lot of fin whales inside the fjord, which gives me the impression that the abundance of herring is still excellent.

Giant baleen whales tend to stay in the inner part of the fjord system if the food source (herring) is plentiful.

I have managed to nicely frame the fin whales. You can even see one of their main identification feature, the white right side, on one of the photos. Fin whales are similar to minke whales but are much bigger.

The other way you can identify a fin whale is that fin whales have a white part on their throat and a pectoral fin on their right side.

In one of the photos, you can see the white part of the lower jaw…

Some may also notice that today we saw the same fin whale(s) as 2 days ago. One of them has a small notch on its dorsal fin, so based on the photos, you can tell that we saw the same individual fin whales on both days. Fin whales can also be identified based on their dorsal fin, the shape of the back, and their pigmentation.

In the second half of the day, we went on a mission.

We decided to go on a mission and look for orcas in a different area than the previous days. And luckily succeeded.

We have found 100+ orcas (several groups) socializing and feeding (probably deeper down, assumed from longer dives and stationary positions).

We are happy to report that there are still so many orcas around, and we hope they will stay a bit longer.


-Krisztina/Orca Channel


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