Lillebælt has one of the highest concentrations of whales in the world, where you can experience the little whale – the porpoise – close up. The porpoise, which can live for 25 years, can grow up to 1.8 meters in length and weigh a good 60 kg. Since medieval times, Middelfart has been home to a porpoise hunters’ guild, which operated a well-organised hunt, where the porpoises were driven into the shallow waters of Gamborg Fiord at Svinø. Up to 1,000 animals a year could be caught there. The main reason for hunting the animals was to boil off their blubber for use as lamp oil. The porpoise hunters’ guild was disbanded in 1898, and the porpoise became a protected species in 1967.
A Whale Watching tour with guide from Gl. Havn in Middelfart. Discover the porpoise surfacing for air and listen to their clicking sounds. Book a tour aboard one of the Whale Watching ships; Galeasen Aventura or one of the tour boats Mira3, Zille-1 and M/S Fortuna.
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The ticket you buy for AVENTURA, there is access for Henner Friisers Hus (museum) included. Here you can experience the exhibition about the porpoises and the hunters.
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Communicating the porpoise story
The Porpoises Guild in Middelfart introduced in 2013 an annual Porpoise Day where the whole exciting story is told. The day includes procession through the town with music and visits by Middelfart "porpoise well." Besides Porpoise Day, the story is also communicated on boat trips from Middelfart Gl. Havn aboard AVENTURA on Whale Watching tours (with listening devices) and Porpoise tours aboard Mira3.
The porpoise is a small whale and a mammal. When on land, the porpoise is black/white, but when in water, it looks grey, and that makes it difficult for predators to spot the animal.
Now you have the chance to rent a Sea kayak from Strib and Vejlby Fed Strand and paddle out on the very beautiful Little Belt.
Rent a canoe and sail out onto Gamborg Fjord, which offers tranquil water and plenty of places to enjoy your packed picnic hamper. Or rent a motor boat in either Fredericia or Middelfart.