Yesterday evening, a group of tourists on a whale watching trip near Grótta, just off the Reykjavík coast, together with their guide forged an inter-species friendship with an extraordinarely social minke whale.
“This was around nine or so. We got there, I turned the engines off and she was swimming around us. She must have been curious as to what we were up to and wanted to come say hi,” Borgar Björgvinsson, captain of the whale watching boat Rósin, told Vísir.
According to Borgar, the experience was breathtaking, and the nine tourists aboard beyond thrilled.
“She came so close that I could have petted her, although I didn’t want to do that. She was moseying around us for about half an hour, swimming around the boat and under it.”
Such interactions with whales are far from common, says Borgar.
A video of the friendly minke can be seen here.