The day was gray, but the sightings were very colorful and beautiful.
We were able to accompany a large group of Short-fin Pilot whales (Globicephala MACrorhynchus) for a while. Suddenly the animals stopped and gathered to rest or to wait for other group members to catch up. We didn’t find out, because we’ve been on a new mission. On to the next MAC’s, the Sperm whales (Physeter MACrocephalus). How impressive to observe ten Sperm whales resting in a line on the surface, while her breathing shimmers through the air. They seemed to embody the principle of one for all, all for one. That amazes you.
Both Mac‘s live in matriarchy and are led by an old, experienced female. It seems to be a very successful system in that the animals have strong support and cohesion. It would certainly be interesting to clarify how high the emotional intelligence of marine mammals is to be assessed. In the definition of emotional intelligence I found the following formulation: “This is understood to mean the ability to perceive, express, understand and use meaningfully emotions in relation to oneself and other people.“ Empathy and social skills are essential for a high level of emotional intelligence. Marine mammals that support, protect and empower one another have, in my opinion, a high level of Emotional Intelligence. This form of intelligence is also essential for us, as humans, especially in the difficult times at the moment, if not essential for survival. I hope that many, many people will follow the MAC – system and bring more empathy and solidarity to their environment. That could save us!
By Fatima Kutzschbach
Sightings of the day
10:00 Pilot whales, Sperm whales
09:30 Pilot whales, Sperm whales