Guests aboard our Thursday Mid-Morning Whale Watch Cruise had a completely different experience than did the guests on our Wednesday Whale Watch Cruise. If we could compare Wednesday’s Cruise to attending a daycare center, we have to say that Thursday’s Cruise was more like spending time at a Single’s Bar.
Throughout the course of the cruise, we saw more adult Humpback whales than we could count. They all appeared to be mingling — mostly in pairs — but we did get to watch four adults meet up for a few moments. We found it a bit odd that none of the whales we watched during our 90 minute cruise was behaving aggressively. Usually (at least in our experience), when the Humpback population density increases, we get to observe a lot of “acting out” on the surface. Whales often seem to need to prove their fitness (or irritation) to each other, but today everyone we watched appeared to be getting along just fine.
Have a great weekend — I’ll post a recap of our weekend sightings on Monday.
Ocean Sports Whale Fact of the Day: Humpback Whales don’t have teeth — they have approximately 270 – 400 pairs of baleen plates hanging from the top palate of their mouths ranging in length from a foot to about 3 feet long. Where the baleen is attached to the palate, it feels like a horse’s hoof — but it fringes out to form dense mats allowing the whale to “strain the soup of the ocean” when feeding. Humpback baleen is black (see the image above).