Lucky divers spot over 1000+ melon-headed whales in Maldives
Maldives.net.mv – Lucky divers onboard MV Sea Spirit in the far south of the Maldives have spotted a massive school of melon-headed whales.
Cruise Director Anne-Marie said: “An OMG moment! We were just leaving Addu atoll and heading north when we came upon the largest school of melon-headed whales I have ever seen.
“There must have been at least 1,000 of them. The ocean was boiling with them. They were very friendly and mobbed each other to get to ride the bow wave of Sea Spirit, jumping on each other and swimming three or four deep whilst the majority of the pod just lolloped around sunbathing. It looked like a little mating activity was occurring too.”
Anne-Marie estimated that the above photo shows about 20 percent of the school. “I reckon for every dorsal you can count on the surface, there are at least two underwater”.
Melon-headed whale is closely related to the pygmy killer whale and pilot whale, and collectively these dolphin species are known by the common name blackfish. It is also related to the false killer whale. The melon-headed whale is widespread throughout the world’s tropical waters, although not often seen by humans because it prefers deep water. The melon-headed whale has a body shape rather like a torpedo. Its head is a rounded cone giving the animal its common name.
They are commonly found in the southern atolls of Maldives.