The Largest Carnivore in the World
It is time to celebrate! As one of the most hunted animals, sperm whales were driven almost to extinction. However, there is hope. They have made the best comeback in the history of wildlife, and today, there are 250,000 sperm whales in the wild — almost as many as one hundred years ago.
The local population off the cost of Dominica is now mostly comprised of females and their offspring. In fall and winter, the males arrive, too.
Sperm whales are the easiest to approach of the cetacean family. Reaching up to 65 feet in length, the sperm whale is the largest carnivore on earth — the only whale that has teeth. They openly socialize in pods of five to thirty, and everyone participates — male, female and young. The younger whales are the most curious of all, and are the first to get close to humans.
Only four guests are permitted on each trip. For this unique encounter, Big Animals Expeditions has teamed up with Andrew Armour, known to the diving community as the ‘whale whisperer.’ We will be on his boat the Domnik, the most suitable platform for this whale encounter.
Big Animals Expeditions is teaming up with dive operator Andrew Armour, known to the diving community as the ‘whale whisperer.’ Andrew became friends with the local sperm whales after treating an injured whale he named Scar. Over time, Andrew and Scar grew to trust one another, and in an amazing show of harmony between man and nature, Scar has grown to be comfortable around other humans. Andrew wants to share his encounters with others, and you can join him through this exclusive Big Animals expedition.
Historically, the months of January and February in Dominica see the most sperm whales. At this time, the western side of Dominica is protected from the Atlantic Ocean storms. In addition to sperm whales, for eight hours each day, we will be finding pseudo killer whales, pilot whales, orcas and an assortment of dolphin pods to photograph.