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Photos: The whales are back in force in Faxaflói bay and the waters around Reykjavík

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  • Orcas at play Packs of orca and white beaked dolphins as well as the giant humpbacks have been spotted feeding and playing in Faxaflói bay in recent days. Photo/Special Tours Wildlife Adventures.

In the past few days whale watching boats operating from Reykjavík harbour have spotted large numbers of humpback whales as well as packs of white beaked dolphins and killer whales in Faxaflói bay. This means the whales are back in force in Icelandic waters!

Yesterday we reported that whale watching boats in Skjálfandi bay in North Iceland had spotted blue whales swimming outside the town Húsavík. 

Read more: First blue whales of 2017 spotted by whale watching boats in Skjálfandi bay, North Iceland

Whales usually swim into Icelandic waters in late winter, following schools of capelin, which they feed off, and then stay for the duration of summer. You are most likely to spot whales in the great fjords and bays where the whales will spend weeks feeding, especially Faxaflói bay in West Iceland (the bay between Reykjanes and Snæfellsnes peninsulas), Ísafjarðardjúp bay in the Westfjords and Skjálfandi bay and Eyjafjörður fjord in North Iceland.

The whale watching company Special Tours shared the following pictures on their Facebook page

orcas

An Orca Killer whales are usually spotted in West Iceland in late winter. Photo/Special Tours Wildlife Adventures

 

orcas

Close encounter There are estimated 6-7,000 Orcas in Icelandic waters. Photo/Special Tours Wildlife Adventures

 

white beaked dolphin

White beaked dolphin A total of 23 different species of whales have been spotted around Iceland. Photo/Special Tours Wildlife Adventures

 

white beaked dolphin

White beaked dolphin The total population of different whales in Icelandic waters is estimated at between 300 and 400,000 individuals. Photo/Special Tours Wildlife Adventures

 

humpback

Humpback These giants spend the winter further south, the Caribbean and Biscay Bay off the coast of France Photo/Special Tours Wildlife Adventures

 

humpback

Humpback Humbpack whales are among the five largest animals on earth, and can live to be 30 years old Photo/Special Tours Wildlife Adventures

 

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