It is hard for many people to envision what it is like swimming with a whale. Indeed, whales are big and we are small.
I will never forget the feelings I had the first time I swam in the presence of whales. At first, I felt small and had a bit of apprehension and fear. Thankfully within a few minutes those emotions were replaced with feelings of awe. These majestic animals are completely aware of their surroundings. They knew exactly where I was, and while some swam toward me to get a better look, they never showed any signs of aggression, frustration, or fear. Rather, they were playful and curious.
incredible encounter with baby Humpback Whale
Sperm whales have different behaviors and social behaviors than Humpbacks. They also dive deeper, stay down longer, and are less curious about humans. While it is possible to find Sperm Whales in social groups, I have yet to see that. Most encounters I have had involved Sperm Whales hunting. They would go down deep for about 40 minutes then come to the surface for 5 – 10 minutes, then submerge again. They hunt giant squid that thrive in water thousands of fee deep.
The diver seems so small or is it the whales are so big
The image below show me floating on the surface as a group of whales approach. I look so tiny next to the whales.
Swimmer observing whale behavior
Passive observation produces better encounters. Once I saw the whales underwater I remained still, and they came to me. The whales circled a few times then slowly headed off as if in a hurry to get nowhere.