Well, the weather mellowed out on Wednesday, but the Whale Watching was anything but mellow! On our 10:00 Whale Watch from Kawaihae, we saw a total of 15 whales. We saw 8 breaches, and 6 of them were from one whale who was just 25 yards from the boat. Talk about exciting! We also saw 3 pods of Mom/Baby, and one more Mom/Baby pod with an escort. One of these little guys was pretty excited too, and we got to see him tail lob 5 times and head lunge 2 times. When an adult is doing either of those activities, it’s usually interpreted as aggressive behavior, but when a calf does it, it’s just cute. We also saw 2 pec slaps from a different calf. When we deployed the hydrophone, we heard some nice clear sounds. And to top it off, we also encountered a pod of spinner dolphins! On the Whales and Cocktails Cruise from Anaeho’omalu Bay, we saw lots of nice fluke dives, but the highlight of the trip was definitely the sounds we heard when we dropped our hydrophone into the water. We did it twice, and the first time the singer was really close by, so we heard some great details.
Captain Claire’s Humpback Fact of the Day: We’ve never witnessed a Humpback taking care of two calves. We know she could conceive twins (and whalers occasionally would find twin fetuses) but we doubt she could carry twins to term, and even if she could, we really doubt she could produce the 200 gallons of milk she’d need each day to feed two calves