The game of hide-and-seek

…where are/is the spermwhale(s)!?

Lesson number 1 and most important for all whale watchers is being patient!
Sperm whales can keep the air for more than 1 hour if they want.
Usually they take around 45 minutes for a dive.
Therefore observing them it is all about patience! 😉
Even more if you have the impression that the guy you are waiting for, is just playing the hide-and-seek game with you, which was obviously the case today.
First we were waiting at least 20 to 30 minutes, trying to find him scanning the ocean.
Result: NOTHING!
Than our skipper located a movement with the binoculars. We went straight and right away into the direction!
The whale was too fast for us, just took a breath and went for a dive again…
Ok, another couple of minutes simply doing nothing else than waiting and scanning the ocean in hope of any movement.
And then finally our patience got paid off, the sperm whale came up at the surface. He showed us his huge head several times and hide again…

Well, the end of the story: As a whale watcher you have to be really patient, even if you can observe the animal afterwards only for a few minutes.

Maria Mallet

About Maria Mallet

Maria is student an Bremerhaven university, she is fascinated by the ocean & loves diving. Joined the TERRA AZUL team as Volunteer Marine Wildlife Guide in 2018, we hope she can get in touch soon to visit us and share updates for this profile.

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