Guests on Wednesday’s Wake up with the Whales Cruise saw 5 different Humpbacks. 3 of them were spouting out in the distance, so instead of heading waaaaay out to sea, we decided to head south to Kiholo Bay to see if we could find the Mom and Calf who had been resting there the last couple of weeks. Sure enough, when we got there, we saw their tell-tale spouts. Mom is about 45 feet long…and baby is now about 12 feet long (we think he was maybe 8 feet long when we first encountered them). Both of them were resting quietly, so we watched them from a respectful distance as they repeatedly surfaced, spouted, and slipped under the water (we sure didn’t want to disrupt anyone’s nap-time).
Our most exciting sightings during our Mid-Morning Cruise occurred towards the end of the cruise. We watched as two Humpbacks swam under the boat. They slowly made their way to the surface, and spouted a couple of times right next to us before diving again. They either liked the shade we provided, or they were interested in the boat, because they hung around underneath us for awhile before surfacing and spouting again — and then continuing on their way together.
Ocean Sports Whale Fact of the Day: Being mammals, Humpback Moms feed their calves milk. But Humpback milk isn’t just any old milk — it’s extremely rich with a fat content of approximately 50%! Human milk contains only about 4.5% fat. Supposedly, Humpback milk tastes like “sweetened cod liver oil” …but I’m going to have to rely on what I read to verify that description! Check out today’s image to see what the milk the calf misses when trying to nurse looks like as it floats in the ocean.