We started off our week with a Breakfast with the Whales trip that our on-board naturalist Adam said was both “Awesome” and the “best [he’s] seen in weeks”! The trip began with a full breach about 300 yards from the boat, but that wasn’t even the best part. Adam reports that we were surrounded and mugged for 45 minutes by a very curious pod of Mom, her baby and their escort. As Adam said…they were within “spitting distance” the whole time! We love when we’re the object of so much interest by our Humpbacks! On our 10:00 Watch from Kawaihae, we saw 6 Humpbacks — two different pods of Mom/Baby/Escort. We did see one breach and when we deployed the hydrophone we heard some pretty loud, clear singing. We also saw the Humpback’s little cousins, Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins twice on that trip. On the 3:00 Whales and Cocktails cruise, the Humpbacks seemed to have quieted down quite a bit. We did see one whale, who was on a 13 minute dive pattern. S/he would surface, spout twice and then sound for 13 minutes.
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Humpback Whale Fact of the Day: Before whaling was banned internationally, Humpback whales’ livers were processed for their oil, which contained a lot of vitamin A. A fully grown Humpback has a liver that weighs between 800 and 1400 pounds.