We had a great day out on the ocean on Monday. During the 8:00 Wake Up with the Whales Cruise on Manu Iwa, we spent most of our time watching 2 different pods of 3 whales surfacing, spouting, and then diving for between 4 and 8 minutes at a time. Though there were other whales we could see in the distance (10 or 12 — it’s difficult to count), we couldn’t bear to part with these two pods…who must have found us interesting too. At one point, we were just idling, waiting for the whales to surface, and 3 of them popped up right along side of the boat and spouted. All of us aboard were totally blown away — if you’ve ever been close to a Humpback who’s spouting, you’ll understand why! Seasmoke also took guests out at 8:00 and also found several different pods of two and three whales. Most of the time was spent with a pod of two sub-adult humpbacks who were paralleling our path. They were pretty quiet on the surface, but since they were really in sync, surfacing, spouting and diving within seconds of each other, it made us wonder what was happening when they were underwater.
Captain Claire’s Humpback Fact of the Day: When a Humpback spouts, she’s exhaling in a half of a second, 90% of the volume of air in her lungs. It’s enough air in one blow to fill up the interior of a stretch limousine. In case you’re curious, when an average size human adult exhales, he takes 3 times as long to exhale just 15% of the volume of air in his lungs — and an adult human exhalation wouldn’t even fill up a Smart Car — it’s only enough air to fill up a lunch bag.