Swimming with sperm whales off the coast of Dominica

NOTE FROM JOHN: Seriously, click through the link. The photos of the swimmers with the whales are simply stunning.

A great set of photos for any nature lovers to see. For me this would have to be one of the greatest experiences of my life. Jojo and I sea kayaked in Namibia with seals and then had a baby (21 ft.) southern right whale play with us for an hour. The whale swam back and forth and would go directly under us before popping up on the other side. In Mozambique we went to swim with dolphins off of the southern coast when a whale shark swam through our group. Seeing an open mouth that large swimming next to you was impressive, to say the least.

The Caribbean is a bit pricey for us but wow, would I love to see those beautiful whales up close. Dr. Allinson (who leads these visits) is trying to increase the interaction between humans and whales to help save them. My favorite is the first photo but the entire collection is something to see.

Dr Allinson, 61, said: “When they interact with us they approach us very closely, rolling over again and again, trying to get us to rub their abdomens and bodies. When you start getting close to them you feel nervous, intimidated and then as they interact with you intense pleasure. You realise they are intelligent”


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