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Pilot Whales Off Savusavu

“The pilot whale is the biggest family member of dolphin family,” said Mr Whippy.
26 Jan 2021 08:49
Pilot Whales Off Savusavu
Pod of pilot whales seen at the entrance of Savusavu Bay. Photo: Neil Whippy

A pod of whales was seen at the entrance of Savusavu Bay in the past weekend.

Co-owner of Vaga Gardens Bar & Grill and owner of Neil’s Fishing Charters in Savusavu, Neil Whippy, said since he was a child, he had always seen whales out in the deep sea. However, he considered himself blessed to see the pod of pilot whales breaching the surface and feeding on the bait fish.

The 37-year-old said he saw about 50 short finned pilot whales.

“The pilot whale is the biggest family member of dolphin family,” said Mr Whippy.

“It was a beautiful sight and they looked really happy and peaceful”.

He said the pilot whales are generally nomadic and hang around tropical and warm-temperate waters which includes both nearshore and open-ocean.

Short-finned pilot whales are native or seasonally present in most of the Pacific island countries.

He said he sees them all throughout the year but mostly around this time of the year they come in closer to the reefs in search of little bait fish which they feed on.

About Mr Whippy

“I have been brought up my whole life on and around the ocean,” Mr Whippy said.

“I have a huge love and respect the ocean and have a passion for knowing everything there is to know about the ocean. All my hobbies revolve around the ocean including fishing and spearfishing.”

Mr Whippy also does fishing charters, snorkeling trips, sandbank picnic trips and island transfers in Savusavu.

Edited by Selita Rabuku 

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