We’ve had a whale-less week here on the Kohala Coast. Though we suppose there are Humpbacks somewhere in our near vicinity, we haven’t been able to find them.
The Pacific Whale Foundation has set up a “Live Dolphin/Whale tracker app”, and a couple of their boats in Maui have reported seeing Humpbacks close to shore (mostly near the Ka’anapali coast) this past week, so we’re gearing up for an uptick of sightings in our “neck of the woods” soon.
In the meantime, we’ve scaled way back on Whale Watch Cruises for next week. Of course we’ll be honoring our guarantee for the morning Whale Watch cruises we are offering, so guests willing to take a chance on finding the whales during those trips will still be able to join us again for FREE if no whales are sighted. And we’ll be operating Snorkel Adventure Cruises and Pau Hana Sunset Cruises, also providing opportunities to spot those Humpbacks (we’re pretty sure the whales don’t care which cruises are dedicated to them — they can choose to make their presence known at any time of day)!
One more thing…if you’re concerned about the lack of early season Humpback sightings, please remember that until 2007 or so, our Whale Watch Season didn’t officially begin until December 15th, and even then the sightings were pretty sporadic till the end of the month!
Have a great weekend…we’ll send out our next report next week.
Ocean Sports Whale Fact of the Day: Though most of us on Whale Watch Cruises in Hawaii are here to see the Humpback Whales, according to our friends at Cascadia Research Collective there are actually 18 species of Odontocetes (toothed whales) and 7 species of Mysticetes (whales with baleen) that have been documented in Hawaiian waters.