The wind was still blowing for our 8:00 Whale Watch on Wednesday, but we did see lots of spouts and tails. We got a couple of close encounters too. But on our Snorkel and Whale Watch Adventure, we had quite the…well…quite the adventure! Remember when you were a kid and played “tag”…and there was a “free zone” where no one could bother you? Well, we were the “free zone” today for what we assumed was a female Humpback (and she was HUGE), as she spent considerable time hiding right underneath us. Several whales attempted to get close to her (and us)…and of course, except for drifting with the wind, we weren’t moving at all. As the boat drifted, she drifted too…and those other whales did their best to get her to move out from under us. During all this excitement, two guests even got spouted upon!
On our 10:00 Signature Whale Watch from Kawaihae, we saw spouts and peduncle arches, and flukes from at least 10 different Humpbacks. For most of us, the highlight of this cruise was when a couple of these whales decided that we were worth looking at, and swam right underneath us several times. They were so close to the surface on these passes that we could see their entire bodies…their smooth skin, those chin tubercles, and the turquoise reflections off of their white pec flippers were incredible to see.