Our Monday Whale Watches brought us some nice surprises. On our Breakfast with the Whales Cruise, we saw 4 different Humpbacks. A smallish whale seemed very interested in us and swam under the boat and surfaced right along side of us. We also saw several tail lobs from a different whale, and Captain Will reports seeing some spy hops as well. On our 10:00 Whale Watch from Kawaihae we all were very surprised when we saw 2 Humpbacks at the end of the trip south of the harbor. The surf was HUGE, but the water conditions were glassy so we could see spouts and activity from quite a distance. But the biggest surprise happened on our Whales & Cocktails Cruise…we had headed north from Anaeho’omalu towards Mauna Lani Bay where we found a pod of two Humpbacks…Mom and her very young calf! This is the first time this season that we’ve seen a calf! We watched this pair for about 20 minutes but didn’t want to bother them, so we left them and headed south again. We saw two more big whales spout and dive before we had to head back to the Bay.
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Captain Claire’s Humpback Whale Fact of the Day: We know Humpbacks are big animals, but it’s not until we have a CLOSE ENCOUNTER that we really appreciate how big they are. But Humpbacks are only the 5th largest of the great whales — Blue whales, Fin Whales, Grays, and Right Whales (including Bowheads) are all longer (on average)– and if you want to count the toothed whales in the list, Sperm Whales are longer too.