Sperm Whales

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Each year, sperm whales ( Phy­seter macro­cephalus) jour­ney to these East­ern Caribbean wa­ters be­tween Oc­to­ber and March. Your chances are ex­cel­lent for hav­ing your very own Moby Dick ex­pe­ri­ence. Board a com­fort­able cata­ma­ran, sip a rum punch and head out with a crew that is ex­pe­ri­enced in find­ing the whales. When the hy­drophone picks up the whales’ tell­tale clicks, all eyes be­gin look­ing for the an­i­mals’ dis­tinc­tive, bushy blows. Whale­watch­ing ex­cur­sions are of­fered weekly, and come with de­tailed brief­ings. “We look for them while they are rest­ing near the sur­face,” says whale guide An­drew Ar­mour. “The sperm whale pods are smaller in the Caribbean than in other parts of the world, but the grand­moth­ers, moth­ers and daugh­ters live to­gether for life, so you’ll find them in groups.” —Pa­tri­cia Wuest

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