Why there are so many whale and dolphin lovers in the world? What is it, that many of us are drawn to whales and dolphins like moths to UV light? Why they are so attractive to us? Why seeing them make us feel so happy? How do they gain our sympathy so quickly? Well I am sure there is a different answer for every fan, but for me there is a question that answers it all: Have a wild dolphin or whale looked at you in the eye?
I was just a teenager when it happened to me for the first time. A beautiful wild common dolphin separated from its pod for a moment and approached the vessel I was on, it gracefully swam by my side looking at me. My world stopped. I felt a mixture of emotions and messages that is hard to describe, but for sure I felt intelligence, complicity, wisdom, sympathy, playfulness. That dolphin melted my heart. I had a rain of questions over my mind, which over 25 years later I am still trying to answer.
Whatever the story behind each whale lover, we all have in common that the feelings are forever, these animals hold a very special place in our hearts. Some of us become naturalist, biologist or photographers, while others have not even seen a cetacean in real life, and yet they feel a strong connection and sympathy.
Whether a whale lover or not, everybody tends to be amazed, in awe and to have an unforgettable life time experience when watching wild cetaceans for the first time. At WWET we feel so privileged to be part of these magical moments.