When we got to the beach to set up the boat for our Wednesday Wake up with the Whales Cruise, we were hearing thunder and seeing lightning — and since it’s never safe to be on the water in an electrical storm, we were forced to cancel that cruise.
Luckily the weather pattern was different up in Kawaihae, so we were able to operate our 10:00 Signature Whale Watch, and we’re glad we did. During the course of this cruise, we saw 6 different Humpbacks. Most of the time, we were watching a pod of two sub-adults, who were spouting, and then showing their flukes as they did 15 minute dives. We also saw one pod of three moving past, and a breach out on the horizon.
Ocean Sports Whale Fact of the Day: We used to think that the whales that arrived on the coast of the Big Island spent their Hawaii-time here with us. Research and close observation of individuals has proved us wrong. While the Humpbacks seem to prefer to spend most of their time on the lee sides of islands and in water less than 600 feet deep, they will travel between the islands (not in any particular direction that we’re aware of)…females who have calves travel less frequently though.