Diving with whales

Diving with whales in Norway

Whale watching
reminds us 
to love the nature

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Agnes Arnadottir has dived with whales and as a daughter in a family of whale watching pioneers in Iceland, she was literally born into these adventures.

You might think that it is expected by a CEO at Brim Explorer to dive with whales, outside Skjervøy, north of Tromsø? But it is not. Of course not. But Agnes has been there and done that. Wearing her dry-suit and scuba gear. Not in an aquarium or a swimming-pool. She has been down there, in their kingdom.

"The big surroundings. The cold waters. The deep, dark space underneath you." 

Agnes describes the feeling of going into the ocean. How it is to be among the whales and see how they chase the herring they feed on. "Suddenly the whales appear", she says, "in the dark water they move so easily. Whales are the most elegant, flexible creatures you can imagine."

Agnes Arnadottir

The enormous whales circle around, creating walls of bubbles.
It is a ballet. A giants ball. A performance of beauty.

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Whale ballet

The giants are moving so smoothly. The ballerinas down here weigh around 1,5 to 5,5 tonns. If they are orcas. The humpbacks move equally elegant and these artists are performing with 15 meters of length and 30 tonn of weight. Just as if this fact was nothing.

"It is amazing to see how the whales make the herring get together" The fascinating fishing technique of the whales is also seen on the surface when the whales dive to the deep, revealing their big tails and when they break the surface coming up again. 

"The whales disappear into the deep, just to come up again. Silently. With their mouth open. Getting a meal of around one thousand five hundred kilos!"  Agnes measure the amount with her arms, looking like a fisherman showing the size of his catch.

The hunting technique of the whales is known as bubble net fishing.

The whales circle around the herring and blow bubbles to herd the fish into a tight ball. Then they ascend through it with their mouths open and swallow one and a half tonnes of fish. One thousand, five hundred kilos. That is quite a lot of herring.

"It might sound scary or brutal. But this is nature. And it is the most beautiful dance you can imagine." And she was watching from front row. Experiencing this ballet from the closest distance imaginable.