Wow! Off the water and now cooling our heels with friends in San Juan, PR after 9 amazing days in an around the waters off of Dominica. Our objective was to return once more to work with our contacts at the Dominica Sperm Whale Project. Under special permits we were allowed to get in the water and swim with the population of sperm whales that hunt in local waters there. Using photo ID s of the whale flukes we were able to visually identify more than 15 whales during our time there working with local researcher Pernell Francis. Some whales we observed multiple times.
It is truly difficult to describe how moved we were to swim alongside these incredible gentle giants with the largest brain in the animal kingdom. But hopefully these images will help to transmit the emotion. Rather than spoil the moment with lots of technical explanation about what is going on we thought we’d just let the images speak for themselves. But trust us in this…it was absolutely magical.