The Humpbacks were on the move on Monday. During our 10:00 Signature Whale Watch, we found a pair of whales just outside of the harbor, and paralleled them for over an hour as they headed north up the coast. These whales had pretty consistent 10 minute dive times, and surfaced close by several times. After leaving these 2, we found another pod of 2 and watched more surfacing and diving — lots of great views of their flukes.
Guests on our Snorkel and Whale Watch Adventure got to see 5 different Humpbacks over the course of the cruise. Again, the whales seemed to be on the move. While we were in the water, we clearly heard the whales singing.
On our Whales and Cocktails at Sunset Cruise, it took over an hour before we saw our first spout. When we got closer to this whale, we realized that he was pretty small — certainly a sub-adult, and on his own. He surfaced near us a bunch of times, checking us out as we checked him out. On the way back to the harbor, we saw spouts and flukes from a pod of two whales as they dove behind us and below the sunset.
Ocean Sports Whale Fact of the Day: We know Humpbacks are big animals, but it’s not until we have a CLOSE ENCOUNTER that we really appreciate how big they are. But Humpbacks are only the 5th largest of the great whales — Blue whales, Finbacks, Grays, and Right Whales (including Bowheads) are all longer (on average)– and if you want to count the toothed whales in the list, male Sperm Whales are longer too.