Posted by: onboardtourswhales | January 2, 2012

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2012! HAWAIIAN HUMPBACK WHALES!!

Thank you to all who follow my blog, and have been waiting to read about the creatures in Hawaii! I am on Maui and have seen Green Sea Turtles, birds, fish and invertebrates, from the beaches! The Humpbacks, “Koholas”, are still migrating from Alaska, so I was thrilled to go out on a respectful boat and see them for a few hours.

On Friday afternoon, December 30, 2011, we came across a mother and calf in Ma’alaea Bay. They were ‘logging’, resting at the surface. The calf looked really small, fairly recently born? The calf was draped across mom’s back, easier for it to surface and breath. The calves do have to surface much more than the juveniles and adults. There were also 5 to 8 Bottlenose Dolphins surfacing very close to the whales, not active in behavior, travel or direction changes as though they were resting too. We headed further south and saw a mom-calf pair with an ‘escort’; another whale with them. They were awake, swimming, and one pectoral fin slapped the water! This calf was bigger and breached twice!! A Green Sea Turtle popped up to the west of us. A wonderful day of seeing endangered wild animals in their natural habitat, part of the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. Hope to share photos of my future sightings!

Advertisements

Responses

  1. Happy New Year from Portland, Oregon! Love the report on the whale mommy & baby and the information regarding their behavior! I didn’t know that the calves needed to surface more often than the older whales but that makes sense. I am looking forward to more reports and pictures.

    Your fan,
    Vicky Hauck

    • Thanks! 🙂

  2. May your Hawaiian adventures be most awesome. Look forward to many pictures. 🙂
    ♥♥♥
    Theresa

    • Thanks 🙂


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s

Categories

%d bloggers like this: