Whales

2012-07-31_81n_7432
Fin Whale

When I started guiding more than 10 years ago we hardly saw whales. Well, yes, Minke Whales and Beluga’s, but no large ones. I still remember the excitement I felt when I saw my first Fin Whales, in the far distance. Really big whales! During these 10 years, whales definitely have become more numerous in the waters around Spitsbergen. We now see almost all cruises Fin Whales and sometimes even other large whales (more on that in a later blog post). This Fin Whale we saw in the pack ice at 81º North, really far north for these whales. In this picture I really wanted the ice in the background, to show the Arctic surroundings of the whale.

 

Arjen Drost

Arjen is a Polar ecologist, nature photographer and full time expedition guide on expedition cruise ships in both Polar regions. With his pictures and stories he likes to show the beauty of these very fragile and threatened places.

One comment

Submit a comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s