A lifelong whale fan goes in search of the world's largest animal
I’ve always dreamed of seeing a whale.
Since I was a kid, I have been quite fascinated by giant animals. Of course, dinosaurs were my first favourite subject. But soon I discovered that there are big creatures, even bigger than dinosaurs, nowadays. So, whales have become my favourite animals. In times before the internet, I read many books and watched a lot of documentaries about cetaceans. I still was a dinosaur kid, but most of all, I was a whale kid!
And since I liked big animals, it’s no surprise to say that the blue whale, the biggest creature of all time, has become my favourite animal.
My interest in whales never ended, but for some reason, I reached adulthood without seeing a single one in my life! I was not a traveller type, I guess, and I never looked for a whale expedition. In my country, it's not possible to dive with whales – we can only see them from boats – and although it looks incredible, it never seemed enough for me. I wanted to dive, I wanted to swim with those gentle giants. I already knew it was possible for marine biologists, but I did not know if it was possible for a tourist. To dive with whales continued to be only a dream.
Two years ago, I discovered Natural World Safaris.
I was looking for some photos of blue whales for my desktop, and suddenly found photos of some people snorkelling with blue whales! Those images took me to NWS’s site, where I found out that they took people to swim with whales, all around the world. It was possible for me to realise my dream!