2010 UPDATE: I’ve added a permanent Capelin Calendar Page to this blog.

As I’ve mentioned here before, in these last few weeks I stop at Middle Cove beach every day to see if the capelin are rolling yet. This morning I did the same and there are still no capelin, some people at the beach suggested that they may not show up at all this year.

I’m no expert but that seems unlikely. On my recent whale watching trip I saw the humpbacks dive down to feed on capelin. In Logy Bay you can see minke whales and flocks of seagulls far out to sea doing the same thing, I think the capelin are almost here.

Any day now, let’s keep our fingers crossed! 🙂


For those of you who wonder what I’m talking about, here is a link to a simple flickr search for capelin at Middle Cove. Inside the EXIF of all these pictures you can see the exact dates at which the photos have been taken, from this information I’ve made this simple none-scientific ‘Capelin Calendar’:

Capelin spawning dates from 2005 to 2008 – Middle Cove beach

Looks like they’re late this year.

I couldn’t find this information anywhere else in this simple format so I decided to put it together here myself. I’ll update these dates when we know more, for the benefit of everyone interested in capelin.

Update / July 28, 2009

The 2009 capelin are rolling, Chris commented on this post that they were rolling yesterday and they are still doing so today:

Capelin spawning dates from 2005 to 2009 – Middle Cove beach