There was no shortage of whales to view for our guests on Wednesday’s Signature Whale Watch. No exaggeration…we must have seen spouts, flukes, and/or dorsal fins from 30 different whales during the course of the cruise. Our best sightings were of a pod of two large whales who decided to surface, spout and sound within 100 yards of our idling boat 4 different times.
Meanwhile, guests joining us on both our Wake up with the Whales Cruise and our Snorkel and Whale Watch Adventure Cruise from Anaeho’omalu Bay got to see a Mom/Baby pod. It could have been the same pod we saw on each cruise, but by the time we saw them after snorkeling, they were accompanied by a BIG escort. On the Wake up with the Whales Cruise we also got to see a Humpback head lunging and breaching 3 times, and on the Snorkel Cruise we got to see baby breach a few times.
Ocean Sports Whale Fact of the Day: Researchers have discovered that the brains of many cetaceans, including Humpbacks contain 3 times as many spindle neurons as are found in humans. They believe these specialized neurons evolved to aid in speed of communication of signals across larger brains. In humans these neurons have been observed to be active when the subjects experienced strong emotions and social awareness…so maybe the whales we’re studying so closely, are also studying us!.