Guests on Monday’s Wake up with the Whales Cruise had multiple sightings of 5 different Humpbacks, including one who breached about 300 yards from us. We also were obviously an object of interest for a big adult Humpback (about 45′ long), who swam right under the surface of the water along our rails, and then turned and swam right around the stern of the boat. The water was so flat and calm that his pectoral flippers looked like giant turquoise wings.
We got a chance to deploy the hydrophone during this cruise, and though we could hear the humpbacks, the sounds were really pretty faint.
Ocean Sports Whale Fact of the Day: Though the Humpbacks we see average between 40 and perhaps 50 feet long, there is anecdotal evidence that the largest Humpback killed by whalers was 88 feet long. This Humpback was taken in the Caribbean.