We started out our week with a few breaches. Guests on Monday’s 8:00 Wake up with the Whales Cruise noticed the action a couple miles from us as we left the bay, but before we got to the breachers, a mom and calf found us. This pod stayed with us for most of the cruise. Baby kept getting closer and closer, and mom seemed ok with it (we were too)! When we lowered the hyrdophone, we heard a lot of clear singing.
On our 10:00 Cruise, we encountered a competitive pod of 3 whales. Though there really isn’t a good way for us to tell if they were the same three whales we saw competing on Sunday, they were in the same general area, and they were the same relative sizes as our Sunday pod. We got a chance to lower the hydrophone on this cruise too, and oddly, didn’t hear a whole lot. We were already feeling some of the energy from the coming swell though, and it made us wonder if the whales were feeling that too, and were moving further out to sea (deeper water is less affected by the ocean’s motion).
Captain Claire’s Humpback Fact of the Day: We’ve never witnessed a Humpback taking care of two calves. We know she could conceive twins (and whalers occasionally would find twin fetuses) but we doubt she could carry twins to term. And even if she could, we really doubt she could produce the 200 gallons of milk she’d need each day to feed two calves!