Surrounded by Four Dwarf Minke Whales! – 10/7/08

I saw this beauty while aboard Spoilsport with Mike Ball Dive Adventures in the Coral Sea, Australia in 2008. I was on the surface taking this photo and was surrounded by about four of them. They were very curious, approaching the ship to investigate divers.

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From what I recall, Dwarf Minkes come down around July/August which is when I saw them, and they are really curious. They will approach boats and are tolerant of folks snorkeling with them.

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These whales will even approach divers. In Oz the practice is to throw a rope out the back of the boat and everyone hangs on (meaning that the divers are not jumping in the water after the whales).

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I remember holding on to the rope and the whales just coming out of the blue right at me. I was watching one of them that was about 6 feet directly under me (which of course meant my snorkel filled with water!)  and once he left I turned around and there was another one, just heading straight for me.  It was an amazing experience.

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-Stephanie

 

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