Our Monday morning Humpbacks seemed to enjoy the Anaeho’omalu Bay area. Guests aboard our 8:00 Breakfast with the Whales cruise on Seasmoke were treated to sightings of 4 Humpbacks. Two of them were in the distance, but the other pod of two stayed with us for more than 30 minutes. We were all pretty excited when one of the whales threw his peduncle out of the water (the peduncle is what we call the back half of the whale…from behind his dorsal fin). According to our on-board naturalist Mike, at one point, a whale surfaced just 50 feet from the boat (though we never approach the whales closer than 100 yards, they can choose to approach us)! Guests aboard our 10:00 Whale Watch from Kawaihae didn’t see any whales, but since our morning trips are guaranteed, they’re all invited to ride again with us for FREE! And by 3:00,the wind had really come up, so we decided that in the interest of guest comfort, to reschedule our Whales & Cocktails Cruise.
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Captain Claire’s Humpback Whale Fact of the Day: Humpback Whales received protected status from the International Whaling Commission in 1966, banning most nations from hunting them. In the U.S., the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, and the Endangered Species Act of 1973 provide additional protection to the whales. In fact, unless operating under a federal research permit, approaching humpback whales within 100 yards (300 feet) or within 1,000 feet from aircraft is prohibited by federal regulations.