Twice the Excitement
January 25, 2024
Guests joining us on Wednesday’s Mid-Morning Whale Watch Cruise from Kawaiahae witnessed a real treat — actually, a double treat.
Within 5 minutes of leaving the harbor we spotted two Humpback duos in two directions both about 1/2 mile away from us. We flipped a coin and decided to go for “heads”, which turned out to be the absolute correct decision. Our Humpback duo was awfully excited, and over the next hour we got to see them at least 20 times at the surface. They didn’t spend that time at the surface just resting, spouting and sounding either. They sure looked like they were trying to prove something to each other as we saw them slap their pectoral flippers and lob their flukes repeatedly. We even watched them breach simultaneously two different times — and all this action took place between 100 and 150 yards from us. Unbelievable.
Ocean Sports Whale Fact of the Day: In the early part of the 19th century, whales were hunted for more than just their blubber (which was used primarily as lamp oil). The meat was used mainly for fertilizer, the baleen was used for umbrella and corset stays, and their organs were processed to extract vitamins.