I am often questioned about Dominica’s Sperm Whales. “Why does everyone want to swim with the whales in Dominica?” Because they are the friendliest gentle elusive giants encountered in our deep calm waters. So, in a nutshell, my inquisitiveness started before 1990. We first got wet with the youngsters, later the adults and even entire pods. The pioneering years ensued. Captivation grew to awareness realizing that we were seeing the same animals over again. Success was in converting their curiosity into friendships.
I met Scar in the 1999/2000 season (with a Can opener) an injured baby, and instantly bonded. Our encounters were long as He always initiated interaction. One particular happenstance he was so engrossed, that he deliberately blocked my entrance to my vessel. I simply sat on his back, with no objections, and exited gleefully. Scar was a gentle giant on the surface last seen in February 2012.
Instinctively, I knew it was our last encounter. He was not in the best of health and our farewell was solemn. His usual head motion and a final glimpse of his tail is etched in my memory. Scar’s mom, Pinchy, member of a combined group of seven/utility group, is still often seen on her systematic surface intervals. Can opener, the other baby, is now the star of the show.
She encourages her in-water encounters, by breaching, although there’s nothing simple about a Sperm whale breach. January 2018, a British movie/documentary production engaged our Sperm whales. Their objective is to showcase the big beasts on our planet. Our encounters are the photos attached for your pleasure.