We only operated one dedicated Whale Watch Cruise this past weekend — our Saturday Wake Up with the Whales Cruise.
As our season is drawing to a close we really appreciate every sighting – especially because we never really know when it’s going to be the last time we see a Humpback until next winter! Guests on Saturday’s cruise got to see more than just a single whale though — we found a Mom/Calf duo and these two spent more than 30 minutes with us. Baby was on 4 minute dive cycles, so we got to see his little dorsal fin and tiny spouts a whole bunch of times. Mom didn’t surface nearly as frequently — in the time we spent with them, we only got to see her twice. Each time she surfaced, she spouted several times, then arched her back and lifted her flukes as she sounded.
Ocean Sports Whale Fact of the Day: The first whales to leave Hawaii each year are mature females (who are either newly pregnant, or taking time off between pregnancies), followed by sub adult whales, and then, mature males. The last to leave are new mothers with their calves.