But later there were Short-finned Pilot whales (Globicephala macrorhynchus), which then also paid us a visit. One calf with company was quite close. Pilot whales only have a calf every three to four years, with a gestation period of sixteen months. This species of dolphin only reproduces between about 12-35 years. Another factor that not all newborns survive because the ocean is a challenging element is reducing the number of calves in pilot whales during the life span of a female. Stranding is another danger point for these marine mammals. Put it all together, common sense concludes that these animals should be well protected. But both in front of the Faroe Island and in Taiji / Japan, compassion, love for animals and an understanding of the relation in nature do not seem to exist. Therefore, today’s message for the day is: Please stand up for the protection of animals whenever possible! The protection of all animals!
In the afternoon we also encountered a small group of Bottlenose dolphins and Pilot whales.
Petitions on marine mammals can be found here: https://www.lobosonda.com/whale-watching/marine-protection/
by Fatima Kutzschbach
Sightings of the day
10:00 Bottlenose dolphins, Pilot whales
15:00 Bottlenose dolphins, Pilot whales