Diving with whales

Diving with whales in Norway

...There is a ballet going on under the surface... a giants ball, a performance down in the deep  ...it is beautiful...

Whale is diving

Whale watching reminds us to love the nature

Agnes Arnadottir has dived with whales and as a daughter in a family of whale watching pioneers in Iceland, she was literally born into these adventures.

You might think that it is expected by a CEO at Brim Explorer to dive with whales, outside Skjervøy, north of Tromsø? But it is not. Of course not. But Agnes has been there and done that. Wearing her dry-suit and scuba gear. Not in an aquarium or a swimming-pool. She has been down there, in their kingdom.

"The big surroundings. The cold waters. The deep, dark space underneath you." 

Agnes describes the feeling of going into the ocean. How it is to be among the whales and see how they chase the herring they feed on. "Suddenly the whales appear", she says, "in the dark water they move so easily. Whales are the most elegant, flexible creatures you can imagine."

Agnes Arnadottir

...The humpback was once hunted to the brink of extinction, but the whales now number about 80.000...

Whale ballet

The enormous whales circle around, creating walls of bubbles.

It is a ballet. A giants ball. A performance of beauty.

The giants are moving so smoothly. The ballerinas down here weigh around 1,5 to 5,5 tonns. If they are orcas. The humpbacks move equally elegant and these artists are performing with 15 meters of length and 30 tonn of weight. Just as if this fact was nothing.

"It is amazing to see how the whales make the herring get together" The fascinating fishing technique of the whales is also seen on the surface when the whales dive to the deep, revealing their big tails and when they break the surface coming up again. 

"The whales disappear into the deep, just to come up again. Silently. With their mouth open. Getting a meal of around one thousand five hundred kilos!" 

Agnes measure the amount with her arms, looking like a fisherman showing the size of his catch.

The hunting technique of the whales is known as bubble net fishing.

The whales circle around the herring and blow bubbles to herd the fish into a tight ball. Then they ascend through it with their mouths open and swallow one and a half tonnes of fish. One thousand, five hundred kilos. That is quite a lot of herring.

"It might sound scary or brutal. But this is nature. And it is the most beautiful dance you can imagine." And she was watching from front row. Experiencing this ballet from the closest distance imaginable. 

What kind of whales do you see in Northern Norway?

It depends on the season, but on our Whale watching cruises you will mainly see humpbacks and orcas – better known as killer whales.

The humpback was once hunted to the brink of extinction, but the whales now number about 80,000.

Did you know that the humpback female is larger than the male? And just like our fingerprints, the tail of each humpback whale is unique.

Humpbacks backs

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