Lots of Cow/Calf/Escort pods for the first day of Spring

Can you believe it’s Spring already? Our first official day of post-winter whale watching was a good one. On our 8:00 Breakfast with the Whales, guests saw 8 different Humpbacks including one pod of Cow/Calf/Escort. We saw 7 breaches in the distance, but got to see one close-up too. On our 10:00 Whale Watch, we saw 16 different Humpbacks including 4 different Cow/Calf/Escort pods. We had 2 close-by breaches, 2 head lunges, 3 tail lobs, 1 pectoral slap, and 4 peduncle throws. It was too windy for us to deploy the hydrophone on that trip, so we can’t report on underwater singing action. On our 3:00 Whales and Cocktails trip, we were able to deploy the hydrophone and we did hear lots of singing from lots of different whales. We saw 7 whales on that trip and one breach fairly close up. All-in-all, a great start to Spring in Hawaii!
Join Ocean Sports on a Whale Watch before the season ends. Call us at 886-6666 ext. 103 or visit www.hawaiioceansports.com to reserve your spot today.
Humpback Whale Fact of the Day: According to research conducted in Japan, the peak estrus period for Humpbacks (i.e. when females are in heat) overall,  is between the end of January and the end of February, but the peak estrus period for females with a calf appears to be several weeks later. Our frequent observations of pods of Mom and Baby who are accompanied by an escort this time of year seem to support the validity of these findings.
Captain Claire