Humpback Migration Speeds

The highlight of our Wednesday whale watches happened on our 10:00 Whale Watch cruise from Kawaihae where we found 4 juvenile whales. When we first saw them, 3 of them were together, travelling down the coast. We watched the other whale actually join the trio as they continued to travel. The group also performed a few head lunges, and came up on both sides of the boat.
Join Ocean Sports for your whale watch adventure. We depart daily at 8:00, 10:00 and 3:00 from two locations within the Hawaiian Humpback National Marine Sanctuary. Call us at (808)886-6666 ext. 103 or visit for reservations.
Captain Claire’s Humpback Whale Fact of the Day: It takes an average of just under 3 months for the Humpbacks to migrate from the summer feeding grounds in Alaska to Hawaii (although at least one Humpback was seen in Alaska and then in Hawaii just 45 days later). That means the Humpbacks are generally swimming at a speed of about 4 knots (a little bit faster than we travel when taking a brisk walk)!

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