Guests joining us on Monday’s Wake up with the Whales Cruise got to see 7 different Humpbacks outside of Anaeho’omalu Bay. Some of these whales were pretty active too – we saw lots of pec slapping and tail lobbing. Most of the time, we were watching them from about 300 yards away, but we did get a few surprise visits from a couple of Humpbacks who surfaced just 100 yards from us. And interestingly, we spent most of the cruise watching something…there wasn’t a lot of downtime between sightings…which made for a very, very fun morning.
Captain Claire’s Humpback Fact of the Day: When we see a Humpback wave his pectoral flipper like we did on Monday, it looks really floppy — as if there were no bones inside it at all. But if you were to x-ray that flipper, surprisingly, you’d find all the same bones and joints that we have in our arms — all the way down to the smallest digits of our fingers. Though according to researcher Spencer Wilkie Tinker, Humpbacks are missing what would be their third finger on a human.