Sperm Whale stocks on the rise in the North Sea

The increase in Sperm Whale stocks are resulting in more and more Sperm Whales observations close to the coast of Norway and within Norwegian fjords. People are interacting with these magnificient creatures more and more.

The video in the link shows 15 year old Jan Arthur Harkestad swimming alongside a large Sperm Whale male in Øygarden near Bergen.

Norway’s top marine mammal researcher, Dr. Arne Bjørge at the Marine Mammal Institute in Bergen, points out that Sperm Whales normally stay in deeper water where they hunt for squid. He warns against playful interactions with these whales as they has easily harm or kill humans with a flick of their tail.

Astrid Øvre Helland for VG News

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