Well the seas finally calmed down…and we were very excited to get back out there on Tuesday’s Wake up with the Whales Cruise. It seemed like the whales were excited too, as we were seeing Humpback surface activity almost as soon as left the mooring. Guests on this cruise saw somewhere around 16 different Humpbacks, and they all seemed to be in pods of two. We saw lots of breaching and tail lobs (both near Anaeho’omalu and near the Mauna Lani Resort). At the end of the cruise, we encountered a Mom/Calf pod. Both were surfacing frequently, and it was interesting to see the difference in size between an adult Humpback and her calf.
Guests joining us on our Mid-Morning Cruise also got to get to know a baby whale. This baby was very interested in the boat, and Mom let him investigate. We got lots of great views of them as they circled closer and closer, and every once in awhile we got a view of the surfacing Escort too.
Ocean Sports Whale Fact of the Day: A baby whale, called a “calf” looks so small and cute when seen playing with her Mom. But everything is relative…when the calf is born, she can already be 10 to as much as 15 feet long, and she weighs 2000 to 3000 pounds! The calf is about 26 feet long when it’s weaned (at 10-11 months).