Blue whale in Eyjafjördur

Yes you read that right, we actually saw a blue whale in the fjord last night. How crazy is that, I can still not believe that that actually happened! So just for anyone who doesn’t know it, blue whales (Balaenoptera musculus) are actually the biggest animals on Earth. They can grow to be up to 30 m long (males: 29 and females:33m). I can’t say how big exactly the individual was we saw yesterday but it was sooo big. The Humpback whales look almost small compared to them 😀

The blows of the blue whales can be up to 12m high and let me tell you, you can see the difference. Just seeing the blow was mind-blowing!!! When we got close enough to actually see the body as well it was crazy. The back just wouldn’t end until you could finally see the dorsal fin and then there is still so much underneath the surface that you don’t even get to see. If you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m still really excited about the fact that I saw one. I woke up this morning feeling like I still couldn’t believe I actually saw a blue whale. Dream come true ❤

Before I leave you with some of my fotos (I couldn’t decide which ones to upload so there are quite a few), here are just a few more facts about blue whales. You usually see them just by themselves but it is possible to see them in pairs as well. The season for blue whales here in Iceland is during the month of June. It is thought that most blue whales migrate between tropical and polar waters.During the winter they go to the warm, tropical waters for breeding and the summer they spend in the colder waters where the feeding grounds are thought to be. Usually they travel quite slowly but if they need to they can swim at over 30km/h.

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