Guests joining us on Tuesday’s Mid-Morning Whale Watch Cruise from Anaeho’omalu Bay had a crazy time on the ocean. Just like what happened with us on Monday, when we got to work the winds weren’t really blowing all that hard, but by the time we boarded all of our guests the trade winds had filled in with a vengeance.
All that energy on the ocean’s surface might have engendered some excitement among the whales though, as we got to watch not one, but two VERY active Mom and calf duos during our cruise. Each of the calves in these pods was on the bigger side, and each really burned up some energy at the surface. We saw lots of breaches from those babies, lots of diagonal launches out of the water, and even some baby pec slapping. Not to be outdone, one of the Moms got into the act and breached completely and almost simultaneously with her calf.
Ocean Sports Whale Fact of the Day: Humpback Whales have the longest Pectoral Flippers (arms) of any of the great whales. They’re so distinctive that the Latin Genus name for the Humpback actually describes those flippers…The Genus and Species names are “Megaptera Novaengliae” meaning “Big-Winged New Englander”(they were named for the Humpbacks living off the east coast of the US).