We had a great day on the water on Tuesday! It was a little breezy…but boy, the whales were everywhere. On our Wake up with the Whales Cruise, we saw 30 – 35 different Humpbacks (and I’m not exaggerating). Unlike yesterday, these whales were really active on the surface. We saw breaching, double breaching, pec slaps, peduncle throws, and tail lobs. It seems like the only thing we didn’t see was a calf, and we probably saw one of those too but didn’t know it. We also had several close encounters with whales who either surfaced near us or decided to approach us.
Captain Claire’s Humpback Fact of the Day: Researchers have observed that Humpbacks who come to Hawaii don’t’ spend the entire winter with us. An average stay lasts between a month and 6 weeks. Possible exceptions to this rule include dominant males, who may spend more time here to optimize mating opportunities, and females who give birth after arriving in Hawaii. They might spend a little longer here so that their calves can grow large enough to successfully swim back to Alaska..