Whale ho! Sperm whale spotted in Øresund

Marine giant delights startled audience off Helsingør

What was supposed to be the first sailing trip of the year turned into something far more memorable for a group of friends yesterday.

After leaving Hornbæk Harbour in north Zealand, the group heard what they initially believed to be a porpoise blowing air while surfacing.

But the massive shape near their boat turned out to be a sperm whale.

“We were on the verge of tears,” Jens Peder Jeppensen, the head of Øresund Aquarium – who sailed out to see the whale after hearing the news of the spotting – told Helsingør Dagblad.

“It was 12-15 metres. I’ve seen many whales and this one was a really big specimen. An old fellow that can weigh 18-25 tonnes.”

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A rare visitor
Initially, the whale was believed to be a humpback whale, which is spotted about once every year in Denmark.

But experts have since ascertained that the whale is a sperm whale, a far rarer visitor to Danish waters – about once every three years.

The whale is most likely moving south, so it is unlikely to remain in Danish waters for long.

See footage from the spotting here.