The whale action is still going strong! On our 10:00 Whale Watch we saw more than a dozen whales. We had a few close encounters with different Mom/Calf/Escort pods, and saw some breaches a little ways from the boat. Of course our favorite sight is watching a calf watch us, and we did get to see that during the trip. On our Whales and Cocktails Cruise, we saw a Mom and her Calf just as we left the bay. Mom was being chased by an escort, and she put her baby out in front (so baby could “ride along” on the pressure wave she created as she swam away from the escort). After that, we found another Mom/Calf pod…and this time, we got to see the baby breach. We also saw a few peduncle throws and some tail lobs from various other adult Humpbacks throughout the trip.
Captain Claire’s Humpback Fact of the Day: The Humpbacks we see off Hawaii’s coastlines travel quite a bit between the islands, but researchers have yet to observe a directional trend. In other words, some whales travel North to South, some South to North, and some travel back and forth…a lot like our human visitors.