If you were anywhere near the Kohala Coast on Monday, you know that the surf was up and the winds were blowing. We only got to run one Whale Watch due to the weather, but it was a great one. On our Wake up with the Whales Cruise, we saw around a dozen different Humpbacks. While the ocean conditions made it kind of difficult to get to them, one Humpback decided to find us and breached just 100 feet off our bow. And to make it even more spectacular, it was one of those rare moments when everyone was actually looking the right direction to see the whole thing!
Captain Claire’s Humpback Fact of the Day: Not all whaling activity occurred during the “golden age of whaling” at the beginning of the 19th century. Based on catch records corrected for illegal Soviet whaling, a total of more than 200,000 Humpback Whales were killed in the Southern Hemisphere from 1904 to 1980. Also, Illegal Soviet takes of 25,000 Humpback Whales in two seasons (1959/60 and 1960/61) precipitated a population crash and the closure of land stations in Australia and New Zealand.