Day One: Introducing Ourselves to the Southern Right Whale

In the first four hours of the first day, the southern right whales have proven themselves the right whales to watch. Above water and underwater, my three guests and I were fascinated by our encounters with them.

One Thousand Southern Right Whales Plus Four Divers

Based on an aerial survey we conducted, there are 1,079 right whales where we are right now. Particularly special are the 774 mother and calf pairs, along with three white right whales. There are also 246 solo whales and 59 mating teams. To protect these whales’ environment, our destination is protected and I bring along only three guests each trip. Half of our 2019 spaces are already filled, so please inquire if this adventure excites you for next year: info@biganimals.com

Day Three: Interacting with Rare White Right Whales

One Thousand Southern Right Whales Plus Four Divers

We filmed and photographed two of the three white southern right whales in this vicinity. What a privilege and pleasure to be free diving with these rare beauties. Because a permit is required, my guests and I are the only ones to share these experiences with right whales, along with our amazing operator.

One Thousand Southern Right Whales Plus Four Divers

Final Day: Intimate Swim with Mother and Calf

One Thousand Southern Right Whales Plus Four Divers

Our days in the right whale sanctuary were filled with remarkable encounters, but the final day brought our most incredible yet. A mother and calf welcomed us to swim with them for 110 minutes! We were overwhelmed by this special interaction.

One Thousand Southern Right Whales Plus Four Divers

Dramatic Displays of Right Whales Above the Water

One Thousand Southern Right Whales Plus Four Divers

Encountering right whales in the water, swimming alongside them and photographing them were the primary highlights of our expedition, but we couldn’t resist documenting the powerful displays of right whales breaching and tail slapping.

One Thousand Southern Right Whales Plus Four Divers

My deepest respects go to our local skipper, guides and team of guests, Keding, Ping and Shan. Together, we witnessed nature at its finest. If you are a whale lover, photographer, skillful swimmer or free-diver, and have the spirit of an adventurer, contact me at info@biganimals.com for next year’s Southern Right Whale Expedition.

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