Our weekend of Whale Watching started off well, with sightings of a Mom/Calf pod on our Friday 10:00 Whale Watch. This pod not only held our interest, but they also held the interest of a small pod of Spinner Dolphins, who were accompanying the whales. We also a double breach off in the distance. At the same time, we were running a Kid’s Field Trip Whale Watch Cruise on Manu Iwa. The kids got to see lots and lots of spouts and flukes as the Humpbacks were surfacing, breathing and diving. On Saturday’s Breakfast with the Whales Cruise we got to watch a competitive pod of 6 Humpbacks charging across the surface of the ocean. We also saw a very close-by breach – and when the whale is as close as this one was, it looks like he’s going in slow motion!.
Mahalo, On Sunday, we saw Mom/Baby/Escort, and lots of spouts from single whales off in the distance.
Captain Claire’s Humpback Fact of the Day: According the website of the International Whaling Commission (the international agency overseeing whaling) the only countries with people allowed to hunt Humpbacks under the Aboriginal Sustenance Hunting program are a tribe in Greenland (who were allowed 9 West Greenland Humpbacks annually for the years 2010-2012, and 10 Humpbacks annually in 2013 and 2014), and the Bequian people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, who were allowed a total of 20 Humpbacks between the years 2008 and 2012 and a total of 24 Humpbacks between the years 2013 and 2018. The IWC specifically bans the killing of calves.