Guests on Seasmoke were MUGGED…big time…by a Humpback we decided to name Curious George. This guy hung around us for almost the whole cruise, maybe 10 feet away. He was accompanied by another whale who hung out only 30 feet from us. George kept moving from side to side, blowing, and then just twisting and diving slightly under the surface so he could keep an eye on us. At one point we were looking one direction, and he silently spy-hopped just a few feet away from us on our starboard side. When we turned our heads, there was this huge whale…looking at us. Unbelievable.
Mahalo and have a great weekend. I’ll send out a recap of our sightings on Monday.
Captain Claire’s Humpback Fact of the Day: Spy hopping is one of the ways a Humpback can see what’s going on above the surface of the water. Because Humpbacks have really big heads proportionally, their eyes are about a third of the way down their bodies. When the whale spy hops, she rises slowly and vertically from the water, head first. If she’s a fully grown whale, the tip of her rostrum may be 15 feet above the surface before her eyes get there!