Our guests all arrived early for our 10:00 Signature Whale Watch on Tuesday, so we got an early start on the cruise. We headed south, trying to dodge the rain, with only Captain Baker and Woody braving the conditions on deck — the rest of stayed dry inside the cabin taking advantage of Alala’s windows to look for whales from our comfortable seats.
We were already offshore of Puako when a very large whale surfaced about 25 yards off of our 5 o’clock, scaring the heck out of Captain Baker. By this time, the rain had abated so we all went out back and watched as the whale and his buddy traveled right across our stern, spouting three times before showing us their flukes. About 3 minutes later, we saw spouts about 250 yards from us from a different pod of two — only one of these whales showed his flukes as he dove…and then about 10 minutes after that our original pod surfaced to spout again but they were headed south and it was time for us to head north back to the harbor.
Ocean Sports Whale Fact of the Day: Today’s “Fact of the Day” isn’t really about Humpbacks. We frequently use “clock time” references when we describe the location of a Humpback compared to our boat. Recently, a guest asked if we could explain the numbers in detail, and we’re always happy to answer all questions! The trick to remember is that no matter which way you’re facing, 12:00 is always at our bow, 6:00 at the stern, 3:00 midships on the starboard side…you get the idea. For a better reference, see the photo above. We hope this helps!