The sound of nature
The day started grey and rainy, but once again we got the proof that whales don’t care about weather conditions. We sailed into the area where we encountered the animals yesterday and luckily they didn’t migrate a lot within the previous 12 hours.
Apart from some swell the sea was very flat today, which enabled us to spot a black back surfacing from a large distance. When we got closer we were sure that it was a humpback whale. We got closer and while we observed the individual we saw another humpback whale further north in direction of the open sea. And suddenly two more individuals surfaced nvery close to each other south of us. So there were definitely at least four humpback whales in the area!
It required some patience today to wait for them – they dove about 10-15 minutes every time, but then also spent a lot of time at the surface, breathing. We had the chance to get very close and we could listen to them: Since there was no wind, we could here the waves splashing gently against our boat and then the whales, when they exhaled and immediately inhaled again. It was a magic moment and nobody dared to say anything to not destroy that moment.
In the afternoon we encountered two of the humpback whales again and this time one of them suddenly turned around, lifted its head and took a look at us! Incredible! And that’s surely one of the reasons why we’re so fascinated of these animals: They’re one of the few species that are not afraid of humans, but even interested in us!
”Human watching” humpback whale (photo: Luisa Klotz)