Sperm Whale sightings go on and on
by Katharina Heyer
An unforgettable sighting we had shortly before 6pm on the 27th of May when we were already heading home to Tarifa. Only half a mile away in the northwest of Tarifa we saw the fourth Sperm Whale blow on this tour. When we came to the region where we saw the blow before, it suddenly was no longer visible. Totally surprised we looked at each other, because normally one can see them diving down. Where has he gone? After a long while he was lying once again on the surface, only breathing slightly and without a large blow. He came in a very leisurely way to the boat, turned on his side relatively close to the boat and showed us his open mouth. And then we even saw his eye that looked curiously up to us. All this happened in slow motion, very sluggishly and deliberately.
I have never seen the eye of a Sperm Whale so near to the boat. For all of us this was the perfect end of the day.