The season is starting to come to an end for me on M.s. King of
Scandinavia but the North Sea never seems to let me down I have had
some fantastic sightings over the past 6 months from big pods of
Common dolphins to fantastic views of Puffins and Gannets.
But I have to say my favourite of all is when I spotted the Minke whale
It is such an elusive species making it such a joy when you get the
chance to view one.
I was in the ORCA centre on the 6th of September, I was talking to a
couple of passengers who I had previously met on departure on the
Observation deck at the front of the ship. We were wishfully looking out the window talking about the Cetaceans
of the North Sea and the impact of fishing and our Big Fish Project
(information can be found on the ORCA website) when all of a sudden
one of the passengers said “what’s that?” We only got a brief view and
at a guess I had a feeling it was a Minke by the shape of the dorsal
fin, luckily though it came up again, where we had the best view I had
all season. The best thing about it though is the passengers have
never seen a whale before and the lady said it brought a tear to her eye. I
know how she feels I get a rush of excitement every time I have an
encounter with a cetacean they are such amazing animals.