By: Bella Papadopoulou.
There is something special about whales. Everybody loves them and wants to get a glimpse, even if that glimpse is only a tail. Maybe it is their friendly behaviour or their overwhelming size. Either way, being face to face to a 16 meter long Jubarte whale is something you will never forget!
Five years ago researcher and biology student, Nayane Rosetti Pinto, started making daily boat trips out into the blue in order to see the Jubarte whale in close-up. The whales come to the warm waters of Itacaré to reproduce and stay – just like a long vacation – from July to November each year.
After this time spent along the Brazilian coastline they migrate back to Antarctica which lies approximately 4000km away. With an average speed of 42km/day it takes them about 2 months to get there, where they will stay (mainly to eat loads of shrimp) until next July.
No one knows with certainty why they choose this place to reproduce in, but some theories believe it to be the currents and the temperature of the water. But hey, doen´t everybody want to live in Itacaré?
Seeing these creatures from such a close distance is quite an emotional thing. Betinha Yonashiro went on this trip and was amazed by what she saw.
”When I saw the mother whale playing with her newborn child I felt like crying. It was an amazing thing to witness” she says.
Nayane that has been meeting the whales almost daily for the past five years, feel like it is her first time every day.
”It is something very special and emotional to see these sweet and friendly creatures. It is fun because they are also very curious to see us people” she says.
But it is not only the whales that make this day trip fun and special, it is the whole atmosphere on the boat. A happy crew, fresh served fruit, tranquil bossa nova tunes along with turquoise water and an always shining sun is a recipe for a great passage.
The usual moves that one can expect them to make are waving or clapping of the tail, swimming close to the surface, peeking out the whole head or jumping high above the surface.
Many wonder if there is a kind of guarantee of spotting a whale and as Nayane says ”it is not a planned thing as all animals have their own routines but it has never happened to her in all these years that they went out without seeing anything”.
You can find more information about the trips on their Facebook page or contact Nayane at firstname.lastname@example.org.