Our Tuesday morning started off pretty calmly. We operated our our Wake Up with the Whales Cruise on Alala from Kawaihae, and saw spouts from 5 different Humpbacks. One of them gave us a tail lob right near the boat. We got back to the harbor at 10:00, picked up some more guests and went right back out again. This time we saw a lot more…for about 15 minutes we watched a couple of adult humpbacks pec slapping and tail lobbing. We also got to see baby trying out his skills with some mini tail-lobs. And then for a grand finale, we saw both Mom and baby breach! And the highlight of our Whales and Cocktails was watching an adult humpback breach.
Captain Claire’s Humpback Fact of the Day: In 1919, R.G. Meyers, who was working towards his PhD in Chemistry at Stanford University, conducted a chemical analysis of Humpback whale blood collected from the thoracic cavity of a whale killed in Monterey Bay. He found that the Humpback’s total cholesterol level was similar to a healthy human’s, but the glucose level was 4 times what’s considered a “healthy” level for a human. Since there are not a lot of carbohydrates in a Humpback’s diet, a Humpback’s liver and pancreas must work differently than ours.