Humpback Whale Season in Hawaii

December 19, 2014

It's that time of year again...Whale season is in now in full effect.  If you are visiting Maui anytime from now until May be sure to book your whale watch tour with Hawaii Ocean Project for guaranteed sightings.

Below are some interesting facts about the majestic humpback whales that visit our islands each year:

  • Humpback whales migrate to the Hawaiian Islands each winter for mating and birthing their young.  The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary has actually recognized Hawaii to be the only state in the U.S. to experience this remarkable occasion.
  • It is believed that the humpback whales migrate to Hawaii each winter because of the ideal warm waters, varying ocean depths, and lack of natural predators.
  • Humpback whales are known for their unique songs.  While scientists are still researching, they have found that the males sing while in their breeding grounds, possibly to attract a mate.
  • Some of the behaviors that can been seen from above water are: a breach, spy hop, tail slap, pectoral or peduncle slap, or a fluke up dive.  The most common sighting is of a humpback whale breathing through their blowhole, creating a huge burst of water into the air.

If you're interested in learning more about these magnificent mammals, Hawaii Ocean Project offers daily whale watch tours with an expert whale narration by the experienced Captain and crew members.  We also place a hydrophone into the waters below so that guests can experience the whale songs first hand.  Book your whale watch tour today, we are sure you will not be disappointed as the Hawaiian waters are currently full with humpback whales ready to put on a show.

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