08 Sep '11, 3pm

Whalers & whale watchers are having a time keeping up with minke whales chasing mackerel off Iceland this year.

2011-09-08 Whalers In Hot Pursuit Of Minke Whales, In Hot Pursuit Of Mackerel Whalers and whale watchers alike are having a hard time keeping up with minke whales off Iceland this year. The whales appear to be extending their traditional home range in order to pursue mackerel, their new target prey, at great speed. It would appear that the recent crash in sandeel numbers has forced the whales to diversify their diet and, since mackerel numbers are reportedly increasing in Icelandic waters, the minkes are taking advantage of this more plentiful food source. Previously, the minkes would reliably be found in Faxafloi bay near Reykjavik but, whilst they still spend time in the bay, nowadays they are often found at Breidafjördur, further to the north. Magnús Gunnthórsson, captain of the whale watching boat Elding, based in Faxafloi bay, said that he often sees minke whales but ...

Full article: http://www.wdcs.org/news.php?select=1043

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