Week 3 - Freediving Pilot Whales / by Julia Wheeler

I have no words. Well, I do, but to be able to structure them into something that represents the world that I was in today is impossible. I was nothing but an excited blob on the surface, awe-struck and breathing up over ocean depths of approximately 2km (6,000ft) right underneath me. Looking down into this kind of endlessness is an incredible feeling; you never know when or where they will show up.  

Pilot whales are the second largest dolphin after the orca, also referred to as the “Killer Whale.” I'd heard stories about these guys and observed their behaviour before entering their territory; the vastness of the South Pacific abyss. Upon entry into the water I didn't feel nervous, rather I felt like we were being watched, from all angels. They knew where I was, what I was doing and where I was going but they were logging (this happens interchangeably with surface resting behaviour when cetaceans are travelling slowly;  common in mother-calf pairs, as the young tire quickly during swimming). 

The Gangsters of the underwater Kingdom, said me. Pilot Whales - Shot on the GoPro Hero5

The Gangsters of the underwater Kingdom, said me. Pilot Whales - Shot on the GoPro Hero5

Amber, a little surprised with the Pilot's cruising up behind her and then checking her out quite tastefully... 

Amber, a little surprised with the Pilot's cruising up behind her and then checking her out quite tastefully... 

Mother and calf in logging 

Mother and calf in logging