According to Tristan folklore, seeing a whale offshore is a sign of fine weather approaching. The fin whale is the fastest of the great whales travelling to speeds of 23mph. They prefer to travel alone rather than in large pods....
In 2011 a humpback whale was spotted with a buoy and net caught around its tail. The Tristan search and rescue team where quick to respond and succeeded in setting the whale free.
Southern right whale
Little is known about the whales that pass by Tristan so an underwater acoustics project is used to hear these whales and understand what they are doing in our waters.
The Sperm whale known for its unique shaped body and large square head apparently has the largest brain out of any living animal!
Shepherd’s beaked whale
Little is known about the Shepherds beaked whale from migration to reproduction and breeding. They are known to be found in only in the Southern Hemisphere in very deep, cold temperate, offshore waters and are rarely observed at the surface....
Killer whales, also known as the Orca. It’s named Killer whale because it’s a top predator, which some populations feed on other marine mammals, and no other animal preys on them. It’s not known what the killer whale’s seen in...