Marine Life Fun Facts – Whale Song

Marine Life Fun Facts – Whale Song

By Captain Dave

As just about anyone who has joined us on one of our Maui whale watch adventures can attest; humpback whales are known to sing beautifully throughout their stay in Hawaii’s waters. Here are a few fun facts on the hows and whys of these fabulous underwater songs . . .

  • Male humpback whales love to sing in our waters; while it is not entirely clear why, researchers believe they do as both a way to attract females, and to ward off encroaching male whales.
  • Whale songs are typically sung 50-60 feet below the waters’ surface, for anywhere between 20 and 40 minutes at a time.
  • While singing, the humpback whale will stay in one spot, nose pointed downwards with their tail pointed towards the surface.
  • Whale songs are extremely complex in structure; with units, phrases, and themes throughout.
  • Adding to the complexity is the fact that while whale songs change throughout the season, as each new season begins, the current season’s song picks up from where the last season left off, effectively making for one continuously evolving piece of music throughout the years.
  • Even more astounding: while in Hawaii, every male humpback will sing the exact same song throughout their stay here, changes and all!

Whale songs really must be heard in person to fully appreciate their beauty. Book your Maui whale watching trip today and experience the amazing melodies of these fantastic creatures for yourself!

Marine Life fun Facts – Baby Humpback Whales

Marine Life fun Facts – Baby Humpback Whales

By Captain Dave

Did you know . . .

  • Baby humpback whales enjoy their time in their mothers’ womb; developing for an estimated 11 to 12 months before birth.
  • At birth, humpback whales are “only” 12-14 feet long.
  • Newborns also tip the scales at a weight of “just” 1 – 1 1/2 tons.
  • A young humpback whale will commonly be referred to as a “calf.”
  • The firsts six months of a humpback calf’s life are highly formative physically: During this time the calf will grow around an inch, and gain around 100 lbs. PER DAY!
  • The reason for such an enormous growth spurt: during this formative time the calf will feed only on its’ mother’s milk; a super concentrated product high in nutrients and fat.
  • Just how much milk will a calf consume during the first six months? Around 100 gallons per day.

Ready to learn even more about humpback whales and our marine life eco system? Book your Maui whale watch trip or Lanai snorkel to experience firsthand the wonders of Maui’s ever evolving seas!

Even More Marine Life Fun Facts

Even More Marine Life Fun Facts

By Captain Dave

Did you know . . .

  • Humpback whales are naturally solitary animals. Humpbacks do not mate for life, and are therefore not thought to be monogamous creatures.
  • Along with their suspected promiscuity, Humpback whale father are also suspected to play no defined parental role in the raising of the calf.
  • At the same time, individual humpback whale mothers have been found to have many calves bred by different fathers.
  • As with their mating structure, humpback whales oftentimes make “friends” only temporarily. The official term for these friendships is “associations.”
  • Whales who are “associated” with each other will exhibit one or more of the following properties:
    Surfacing together at the same time.
    Diving together at the same time.
    Traveling within a body length (or closer) of each other.
    Engaging in other similar behaviors.
  • Humpback whale associations are typically brief, lasting anywhere from just a few minutes, to at most a few days.

In just a few short months you will be able see these behaviors and more on one of our Maui whale watch tours. Book today!

More Marine Life Fun Facts

More Marine Life Fun Facts

By Captain Dave

Did you know . . .

There are a number of key reasons humpback whales choose Hawaiian waters to migrate to every year:

  • Blubber (or lack thereof) – Newborn humpback whales are born sans their insulating, protective layer of blubber!
  • Without this cozy layer of insulation, newborn whales thrive most in warm waters (of which Hawaii has an abundance.)
  • Maui, and the surrounding islands of Lanai, Molokai, and Kahoolawe, create a protected, “shallow” basin which is perfect for humpbacks (and great for whale watching on Maui!)
  • Just as it is for humans, Hawaii is a laid back place to relax for humpback whales as well, thanks to virtually zero whale predators in our waters.
  • One such predator absent from our waters, is the Orca (or “Killer Whale.”) A surprising fact to many, orcas and humpback whales come to blows regularly in colder waters. Some of these altercations are so fierce, that they leave physical scars on some humpback whales.

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Marine Life Fun Facts

Marine Life Fun Facts

By Captain Dave

Did you know . . .

  • Humpback whales spend most of their life beneath the ocean: many times only coming to the surface briefly to catch a breath of fresh air for their next deep dive.
  • Humpback whales have the ability hold their breath underwater for more than 45 minutes!
  • Aiding in their impressive dive times are special substances in the whales’ bloodstream and muscle tissue which hold and release oxygen as needed.
  • The humpbacks you spot on your Maui whale watch do not have teeth, but a hair like substance called baleen which is used to filter food and water into their digestive system.
  • Using their baleen plates, humpbacks can easily consume thousands of pounds of food every day.
  • However, Hawaiian waters contain virtually no food for humpbacks to eat; causing the whales to fast for their entire four to six month stay here.
  • While in Hawaiian waters, humpbacks live off the nutrients stored in their fat/blubber, making sure they stay healthy even without any solid meals.

Watch this space for more great marine life trivia brought to you by the Hawaiian Ocean Project!

Enjoy The Fourth Off The Coast Of Maui

Enjoy The Fourth Off The Coast Of Maui

By Captain Dave

Ready to have an awesome Fourth of July on Maui? This coming Friday, Lahaina will light up as it plays host to an impressive display of pyrotechnics just off the shores of Lahaina’s famous Front Street! While there will certainly be many good places to catch the fireworks on and around Front Street, the Hawaii Ocean Project has an alternative which you may just want to consider: a completely new, OFFSHORE view!

Instead of fighting the sure to be massive crowds on Front Street, or hoping to get a “good enough” sightseeing spot somewhere down the road, Hawaii Ocean Project will be having a special cruise  from which to enjoy your Fourth of July Fireworks celebration! Book a trip on the Maui Princess, Kaulana, or Island Princess and enjoy the show from what could best be described as the best seats on the island. Stretch your legs on deck and enjoy an abundance of space while you and your friends enjoy this fabulous fireworks show amongst the cool breeze and gentle sway of the Pacific Ocean!

Seats are going fast so call 1-808-667-6165 today to reserve yours today. Mahalo!

Fun In The Sun Aboard The Molokai Ferry

Fun In The Sun Aboard The Molokai Ferry

By Captain Dave

Thinking of taking a flight out to the beautiful island of Molokai while on your next Maui vacation? Did you know there’s a fantastic alternative provided by the Hawaii Ocean Project?

A “hidden gem” which has been servicing the local Maui community for many, many years now, a trip on our Molokai Ferry is a fantastic alternative to an oftentimes less than ideal flight to the Friendly Isle. What makes a trip aboard the Molokai Ferry the better choice? Many reasons, including:

  • (Less) Stress: Forego long lines and invasive security checks at the airport for the laid back atmosphere and check in at the Lahaina and Kaunakakai Harbors.
  • Convenience: Staying in Kaanapali, Kapalua, Lahaina, or anywhere else on Maui’s westernmost coast? The Lahaina harbor is just a few minutes away from the majority of West Maui’s most popular accommodations; while a trip to Kahului airport could easily take 45 minutes or more via car.
  • Price: As of this writing, round trip airfare from Maui to Molokai is in the $280 range per person. This is more than DOUBLE the price of a round trip fare on the Molokai Ferry for an adult passenger, and almost FOUR TIMES the price of a children’s round trip fare on the Molokai Ferry! Factor in additional savings such as Taxi fare to and from your hotel to the Lahaina Harbor vs. the airport, and you’ll agree the Molokai Ferry offers a much better value for your dollar!
  • Experience: Why sit in a chilly, stuffy airline cabin with a bunch of strangers when you can enjoy the warm Hawaiian sun, cooling ocean breeze, and a feeling of familiarity while traveling with the always awesome crew and passengers aboard the equally amazing, open air Molokai Ferry?!

Ready to book your trip to Molokai? Click here to make your reservations today!

Fantastic Fun For Kids Of All Ages

Fantastic Fun For Kids Of All Ages

With whale season in full swing, now is the time to take your family on a Maui whale watching excursion with the Hawaii Ocean Project. Spotted in our warm waters on a daily basis, these magnificent humpback whales put on an amazing show for our guests throughout the winter months; as they frolic and play amongst the warm Maui waters. While our tours offer a great time to guests of all ages, we take particular pride in helping to educate future generations of marine biologists, scientists, educators, and enthusiasts in the many wonderful inhabitants of our world’s oceans. To this end, the Hawaii Ocean Project continues to offer educational excursions and materials to expand our children’s’ collective knowledge of the sea.

As you are never too young to start learning about the fantastic creatures which populate our seas, we have created a very special HAwaiiOceanProject.com “Keiki (kids) Fun Page” featuring a number of fun printable activities perfect for the ride to or from your next whale watch excursion. From coloring activities, to crossword puzzles and other brain game, the activities on our fun page is sure to entertain your kids while providing lots of fun and educational knowledge to boot!

Check out our Keiki Fun Page today!

Baby Turtles on Maui

Baby Turtles on Maui

By Captain Dave

Many of us are familiar with sea turtles thanks to the classic Pixar film “Finding Nemo,” featuring Crush and his clan of fun loving sea turtles enjoying the great currents of the Pacific. What many do not know however is how these fantastic creatures begin their life: hatching from a nest of eggs in a sand pit near the ocean. Once hatched, the turtles begin what many consider to be the  most dangerous times of their lives; the journey from sandy nest to the freedom of the ocean. Thought typically a short journey, this retreat to the Pacific can be fraught with danger as crabs, seabirds, and other animals lie in wait to scoop up the defenseless hatchlings before they make it to the sea. For those that do make it to the ocean, a new life begins to form for the turtle which could last many, many years. Here we see one very lucky turtle as her or she makes a successful journey from sandy hill to the warm waters off Maui’s coastline. Enjoy!