Monday was a great day on the water for our guests and for our whales. On the 8:00 Breakfast with the Whales Cruise, our onboard naturalist Mike reports that the guests saw 5 different Humpbacks. Most of the action was just spouting and swimming, till the very end of the trip when one whale surprised everyone by breaching…and then we saw about 20 pectoral slaps. On our 10:00 Whale Watch from Kawaihae, we had 2 sightings. The first whale was pretty mellow, spouting and diving just off shore of the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. After watching this whale for awhile, we saw a much smaller whale breaching off the coast of the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel. So we travelled south, and by the time we got there, he had stopped breaching, but he did come over to check out the stern of the boat. On our Whales & Cocktails Cruise, we saw 4 Humpbacks. One was a loner…but the other 3 were pretty competitive. Our on-board naturalist Nate said it looked like they were having “some sort of a brawl”.
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Captain Claire’s Humpback Whale Fact of the Day: When we see a Humpback wave his pectoral fin (what would be an arm on a human), it looks really floppy — as if there were no bones inside it at all. But If you were to x-ray that fin, surprisingly, you’d find all the same bones and joints that we have in our arms — all the way down to the smallest digits of our fingers. Though according to researcher Spencer Wilkie Tinker, Humpbacks are missing their third finger.mele