17 Aug '11, 4am

Amongst the Whales

Amongst the Whales

A crewmember snorkels alongside a pilot whale. Photo: Ava Hidalgo Early this morning, the Brigitte Bardot, en route back to the Faroes from the Shetland Islands, came upon a large pod of pilot whales. The pilot whales surrounded the vessel, coming so close that the crew could reach out and touch them. Meanwhile, the Steve Irwin, positioned near the southern island of Suduroy at the time, began heading towards the same area to join the Brigitte Bardot , arriving just in time to see this remarkable sight. From the helicopter, pilot Chris Aultman estimated that there were some 500 pilot whales from numerous pods surrounding a large area around the two Sea Shepherd ships. Dolphins and fin whales were seen breaching and spy-hopping in addition to the pilot whales. Several crewmembers were able to jump into the sea to film these wondrous cetaceans underwater, many of them coming...

Full article: http://www.seashepherd.org/news-and-media/2011/08/16/amon...

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