Our two first days at sea where not the best; on Monday the whales was quite far out win the fjord. We did see quite a few animals - even a couple of Sperm Whales among the regular Killer, Humpback and Fin Whales. But they where spread all over the fjord and there where no feeding situations or good photo opportunities.
On Tuesday the easterly wind was too sharp to go out at all on Andfjord at all, and the whales was still reported far out in the fjord.
But then – on Wednesday – it all broke loose! Several pods of Killer Whales where feeding on herring close to the shore right outside Andenes, and we got some great close encounters.
Thursday was another good day, with plenty of whales, but not as concentrated and busy feeding as the day before. The moment of the day was definitely a group of seven fin whales that passed our little Zodiac on very close distance. These over twenty meter long torpedo shaped creatures swim with a speed you can hardly imagine!
Friday was definitely the Humpback day! Everywhere I turned my head there where blows and tails lifting and every now and then an enormous pectoral fin waving in the air. The Humpbacks often feed on herring side by side with Killer Whales, and this is quite unique and not described from any other waters. And it is actually the Killer Whales that do the hard work, and when they have herded the herring school together, the Humpback will come in from nowhere and just suddenly break the surface, head first and mouth wide open, filling the enormous mouth with herring. We where hanging around until the sun dropped behind the mountains in southwest – painting everything in a reddish yellow glow. And we had our last close encounters right outside the Andenes harbor!
Saturday was our last day at sea, and again it was a Killer Whale-day, accompanied by the regular Humpbacks coming in to steel their food.
After many years of whale-watching I can hardly recall anything that come close to these days at sea in Andfjord – it was just the most awesome week!
|Two male Killer Whales|
|Pod of Killer Whales|
|Surfacing Killer Whale|
|An unusual photo showing interaction between Humpback |
and Killer Whales!
|Humpack with a mouthful! It missed four...|
|Happy Humpback enjoying a meal|
|In lack of an elk in sunset...|
|Killer Whale eating herring|
|Killer Whale portrait|
|Male Killer Whale|
|Humpback - right outside Andenes harbor|