As our fantastic 2017/2018 Whale Watch Season comes to a close, I just wanted to take the opportunity to offer a Mahalo Nui Loa for allowing me to share the fun and the adventures of the entire season’s worth of Ocean Sports Whale Watch Cruises with you.
I couldn’t have done it without help from all of our wonderful onboard naturalists — Greg, Samantha, Pono’i and Captains Will, Jeff, Ryan, Kino, Kimo, Ikaika, Maika, Jason, Logan, Pat and Mike. Each of them called me after their cruises (with VERY little prompting on my part) with descriptions of what they saw, so I could summarize it all for you in our weekday updates.
I am also indebted to all of our friends (you’re way more than just “guests” to us), who emailed and texted photos and videos to me from your cruises and walks along the shoreline. Finally, I want to thank everyone for your comments and questions about the Humpbacks…whether they came to me onboard a cruise, by email, facebook, or text — your inquiring minds definitely inspired some research on my part…which resulted in some great online and in-person discussions.
Though we’ll only be operating Whale Watch Cruises through this Saturday, March 31st, we’re pretty sure we’ll be seeing the occasional Humpback (or two…or three) sporadically through the next several weeks. If you’re on the island, and you have the opportunity, we invite you to join us on a Snorkel Adventure Cruise or Cocktails at Sunset Sail or Cruise and help us bid the whales a safe journey back to Alaska!
Mahalo Nui Loa and A Hui Hou Kakou!
Ocean Sports Whale Fact of the Day: Though Humpbacks come to Hawaii primarily to have babies and “make” babies, and though researchers have watched them closely here since the early 1970’s, to date there are no documented observations (i.e. videos or photos) of Humpbacks actually giving birth or of Humpbacks actually mating! Well…there’s always next year!