Meeting a Sperm Whale, Face to Face
by Owen James Burke
This is no Shamu. A lone sperm whale off the island of Dominca shows off for a couple of divers as if he were a trained golden retriever. Sperm whales are social creatures, but this is usually only exemplified when they are amongst themselves. In this footage, the wild sperm whale comes nose-to-nose with the divers as if in a standstill. He then begins to spin and twirl with his eyes seemingly always on the camera as if to look for recognition or approval. Well, he made it onto youtube, and he’d have a difficult time receiving much more recognition than that.