Its brilliant to get out on deck and wipe the sleep from my eyes, its was even better when I was greeted just half an hour after arriving on deck with a sighting of a Minke Whale. It was no more than 10 m away from the starboard side of the King of Scandinavia. ( http://www.orcaweb.org.uk/idminke.htm )
As soon as I had seen it, it disappeared back into the dark water.
Shortly after spotting the Minke Whale I spotted a Common Seal bobbing in the water – it was having a good look at the ship as we passed by.
Moving to the other side of the boat I was joined by the Captain. He was looking out for birds when we saw a pod of Harbour Porpoises feeding below a flock of Gannet. Most sea birds will take advantage of the easy catch provided by Cetaceans, as they push the fish up to the surface making it easier to feed.
They stayed in the area for around 15 minutes before we lost sight of them as the boat moved away.