Underwater sperm whale encounter caught on camera

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The crew of the Exploration Vessel Nautilus had a surprise visit from an unlikely guest during their routine research trip in the Gulf of Mexico. A massive sperm whale came in such close contact with

Underwater sperm whale encounter caught on camera

The crew of the Exploration Vessel Nautilus had a surprise visit from an unlikely guest during their routine research trip in the Gulf of Mexico.

A massive sperm whale came in such close contact with the remotely operated vehicle that the team could even see the scars on its nose.

The rare encounter triggered an animated discussion from the scientists who were streaming the event live on the Internet.

The whale, estimated to be around 11 meters or 36 feet in size, circled them at around 2,000 feet or nearly 600 meters beneath sea level.

Sperm whales, the largest toothed predators in the world, are known to dive to depths up to 10,000 feet, or over 3,200 meters searching for prey.

They have excellent hearing capabilities and the team thinks that this whale could have been attracted to the tiny sounds made by their equipment.

Tags : camera, Caught, encounter, Whale, Sperm, Underwater

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