A boat of tourists left Reykjavik, Iceland recently in hopes of catching a glimpse of whales.
About an hour into their “very sunny” trip, three blows of water appeared, Elding Whale Watch Reykjavik naturalist Pedro Teixeira wrote in a blog post on Oct. 30.
“We got a little closer and deduced that these blows belonged to 3 different humpback whales!” Teixeira wrote in the post. “They were all (traveling) together and would come up in unison through out the tour, often coming very close to the boat.”
Photos show the huge sea creatures side by side, diving through the water and blowing through their blow holes.
Teixeira said the whales were lunge-feeding — which is when whales collect a large amount of prey and water in their mouths and then release water through their “closed-mouth filtration” — so the boaters were able to see their faces.
“What a magical morning!” Teixeira wrote.
Iceland is home to the largest population of humpbacks in the world, with approximately 15,000 of the creatures living, eating and migrating in the region, according to Arctic Adventures. They are the most common species of whale spotted on whale watching tours in the country.
The best time to see the creatures is during their feeding season from May to September, the agency said.