Peak Whale Season in Maui
|Mom and newborn Calf|
The group this week has seen bow riding dolphins, an underwater ballet of manta rays, and swimming sea turtles…but the wildlife highlight of the week may have been the amazing humpback whales. February Hawaii is humpback whale central. Nearly 60% of the 23,000 North Pacific Humpback Whales are estimated to travel here to the Hawaiian islands during the winter. And while each individual whale may only stay a month or two, the most overlapping are here right now.
The guests saw whales from the hospitality suite on Molokai, and the sightings just never stopped from there. I told the guests to look for the 3 holy grails of whale watching here in Hawaii… a breaching whale, a brand new baby whale, and a competition pod.
Babies are born right here in the near shore waters and are about the size of a small pickup truck. They do look pretty adorable next to mom though who happens to be about the size of a city schoolbus.
|Competition at Sunset|
And competition pods entail multiple male whales fighting over one female. We think this leads to her picking a mate although they have kept the act of mating a secret up to this point so we can’t say for sure. All I know is that watching these behemoths bash into each other and jockey for position is something to behold.
We got all the highlights this week including being able to hear the whales underwater with our hydrophone.
Here is to peak whale season in Maui!