Competitive Pods, and Dolphins

If you didn’t get the chance to join us on any of our Whale Watch trips on Tuesday, you missed some incredible sightings! On our 10:00 Whale Watch from Kawaihae, guests saw 22 different Humpbacks, including two different Cow/Calf pairs, one accompanied by an escort. We also saw 2 different competitive pods, 5 breaches 3 spy hops, 4 tail lobs, 3 body lunges and 3 head lunges. If that wasn’t enough, we were mugged 3 times and we even saw Spinner Dolphins! When we deployed the hydrophone, the songs were really loud and clear. On our 3:00 Whales and Cocktails Cruise, we also saw 22 Humpbacks. We spent the beginning of the trip watching a Cow/Calf/Escort. Mom kept herself between the baby and the escort (which isn’t that unusual — it’s highly unlikely that he’s the father of the calf). Baby did approach us after breaching a few times, and showing us a couple of baby head lunges. We also watched a competitive pod of 5 whales swim right by us, and saw them breach twice, tail lob 5 times, and peduncle throw a couple more times.  And we heard the whale songs loud and clear when we deployed our hydrophone. As our naturalist Jonathan put it, “It was a GREAT day on the water”!
Share a GREAT day on the water with Ocean Sports. We offer Whale Watches, Snorkel Sails and Sunset Sails every day. Call 886-6666 ext. 103 or visit to reserve your great adventure today.
Humpback Whale Fact of the Day: Being mammals, Humpback Whales nurse their calves with a very rich milk. Supposedly this milk tastes like sweet cod liver oil (though I haven’t tried it myself)!
Captain Claire

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