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Patrick and the Whale | Befriending a Sperm Whale | Nature



– [Patrick] However then one thing unusual occurred out of the blue.

And it began like every other time.

We had been monitoring together with a household that we did not know earlier than, (water splashing) and there was one whale that kind of got here a bit nearer, after which it tilted upwards.

She’s sending out a sonar pulse, scanning my physique, your kidney, your lungs, your rib cage.

She’s actually getting a full 3D image of what I’m, of my inside.

No one knew this whale.

I might see she had was like a recent wound on the facet of her face from what was clearly a squid scratch when feeding on some big squid.

(water burbling) (object creaks) When sperm whales first see one another within the Jap Caribbean, they make a clicking sound in a really distinct sample.

Tick-tick, tick-tick-tick.

(object clicking) Like morse code.

(object clicking) (whale clicking) Simply on a whim I knocked the facet of my digicam housing.

Tick-tick, tick-tick-tick.

And instantly, it solely took one time.

She stopped utterly, (water burbling) after which slowly inverted her physique and turned utterly round, and finally got here nose to nose with me once more from perhaps two ft away.

(object creaking) After which I attempted some bodily actions, then I rolled within the water.

(water burbling) After which I watched and he or she rolled within the water.

(water burbling) (suspenseful music) No one knew this whale.

She hadn’t been named but.

So I known as her Delores.

After about 45 minutes, she slowly rolled over and simply disappeared down into the depths.

(water splashing) There are many causes that draw me again to Dominica, however she shortly grew to become the whale that I needed to see essentially the most.


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