SPERM WHALES GATHERING IN ABACO WATERS


Sperm Whales, Abaco Bahamas (BMMRO / Keith Salvesen)

SPERM WHALES GATHERING IN ABACO WATERS

During the past week, the BMMRO research boat has been tracking sperm whales off the south coast of Abaco. These huge creatures are the largest marine mammals found in Bahamian waters, and the area between Rocky Point around the south coast to Hole-in-the Wall is a great place to find them. 

Sperm Whales, Abaco Bahamas (BMMRO / Keith Salvesen)Sperm Whales, Abaco Bahamas (BMMRO / Keith Salvesen)

One reason they are found in this particular area is the existence of the Great Bahama Canyon, one of the deepest submarine canyons in the world. The depth of the canyon ensures that the waters are nutrient-rich, with food being drawn up from the depths towards the surface. In season it’s the perfect place for female sperm whales and their calves.

Sperm Whales, Abaco Bahamas (BMMRO / Keith Salvesen)Sperm Whales, Abaco Bahamas (BMMRO / Keith Salvesen)

The BMMRO research trip encountered more than a dozen sperm whales, mostly females with their calves. And the amazing thing is that the sightings are often made within sight of land. In these photos, the are two landmarks visible. One is the huge Disney vessel parked at Gorda Cay aka Castaway Cay (header image); the other is HOLE-IN-THE-WALL LIGHTHOUSE (above)

Sperm Whales, Abaco Bahamas (BMMRO / Keith Salvesen) Sperm Whales, Abaco Bahamas (BMMRO / Keith Salvesen)

Credits: All photos BMMRO 2018, with thanks to Diane & Charlotte as ever

Sperm Whales, Abaco Bahamas (BMMRO / Keith Salvesen)

2 thoughts on “SPERM WHALES GATHERING IN ABACO WATERS

  1. There is NO other place in the world I would rather claim as my home than the island gems in the bejeweled archipelagic waters of The Bahamas. Nice to see sperm whales feeling at home too! The Bahamas National Trust is the warmest and most trustworthy entity entrusted with The Bahamas’ national treasures however it needs every dollar, hand and courtesy it can get extended towards it. Tell at least one other person to share, partake and preserve ALL that there is … BAHAMIAN. Membership is the PERFECT gift for children, especially godchildren, students, prizes etc. If they do not know … they cannot teach their friends and parents.

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    • A great comment! And so true about BNT and all they do. To which I would add Abaco’s two specialist organisations Friends of the Environment, and BMMRO! Bahamians can be rightly proud of them all. RH

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