A Whale of a Time

The meaning of the idiom “to have a whale of a time” alludes to the largest mammals on earth and describes that you experience and enjoyed a “great” and “impressive” time. Whether the origins of this idiom are not clear it describes for me very vividly the feelings and impressions I experienced when I went out to encounter these magnificent animals.

During these "eye-to-eye"-encounters the time really stands still for a while. You stop to breathe and forget to trigger the camera. This privilege is a "once in your lifetime" experience.


Swimming with Whales

Swimming with Humpback Whales
Swimming with Humpback Whales

Swimming with whales at Silver Bank, in the Caribbean Sea to have close encounters with humpback whales in their natural environment is an interactive and exceptional journey unlike any other experience in your lifetime. 

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The Northern Elephant Seals

Northern Elephant Seal in San Benito Island, Baja California, Mexico
Northern Elephant Seal in San Benito Island, Baja California, Mexico

The Northern Elephant Seals are the largest species of pinnipeds. They were hunted to the edge of extinction and only a few species survived. Since it was not worth to continue to hunt them in an economic sense, the few ones who survived recovered remarkably and due to their protection there are thousands of elephant seals on the San Benito Islands, on the way along the Mexican Pacific Coast in Baja California.

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Whales, Grizzlys and glaciers

South-East Alaska Whales, Bears, Glaciers and more
Alaska: Whales, Bears, Glaciers and more

South-East Alaska also known as the Inside Passage" has an abundance of wildlife - grizzly bears, marmots, eagles, humpback whales, killer whales, Steller sea lions, snow-capped mountains, glaciers and icebergs, romantic villages and much more to discover. … click here for more 


Dancing with Whales

Tale-breaching humpback whale in Newfoundland
Tale-breaching humpback whale in Newfoundland

Why it is so fascinating to watch whales and dolphins in their natural environment? Cetaceans are often curious, approach the boats, turn to the side to have a better look on you and observe you. With their social behavioral patterns they try to communicate to us, that is the difference (who knows) to all other kind of wild animals.

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