As we were making circles around this Humpback Whale, two Norwegian whaling ships were waiting at a distance. Norway is one of the few countries in the world (together with Iceland and Japan) who still have some commercial whaling (though Japan calls it scientific whaling). Even though Norwegians only hunt for Minke Whales and we were enjoying a Humpback Whale the contrast was nice. One ship (with 100 passengers) enjoying a Humpback Whale at really close distance without having much effect on its behaviour and leaving it alone to continue feeding after some time, two other ships waiting to kill another species of whale for profit. I kept a look at the whaling ships for a while, but it looked like they had to turn around without success after a while.

the head of a Humpback Whale with the eye in the upper right corner

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.

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