Posts Tagged Mammals

A Tale of a Whale

While we were cruising around Maui looking at the humpbacks, our guide told us we were watching a female and her new calf. The calf was about as big as our boat, but it was a baby, nevertheless. For some odd reason the mother started rolling. She’d bring a flipper out of the water and slap the surface with it, then roll over and do the same with the other flipper. Nobody seemed to know why, except to show the calf how to do that.

It looked to me like she was waving or trying to get my attention for a foto. So I obliged her.

As always, click the thumbnail to enlarge and see the right colors.

 

Waving

Waving

 

A young male joined the group (at least the guides said it was a young male and started showing off a little, too. He breached a couple times, then did a deep dive.

Here’s the breach:

Breach 2

Breach 2

 

Then, as they do in the commercials, the whales went for deeper water. as they dived, they showed us their tails.

A tail of a whale

A tail of a whale

 

If I ever get stuck in Hawai’i again, I’ll probably head for Maui and the whales.

More to follow,

Bob

 

 

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A whale of a tale

Last week, when I was stuck in Hawai’i for meetings, I decided to make the best of things and go to Maui for a whale watching cruise. This is supposed to be the most active time for whales down there, and I figured as long as I was in the neighborhood, why not?

Turns out it was a good idea. We saw quite a few (by my reckoning), some far away, some close. I got a few fotos of what I take to be typical whale behavior and thought I’d share them here.

As always, click on the thumbnail to enlarge and see the right colors:

A whale of a tale:

WhaleTail

WhaleTail

 

Then, someone shouted “Breach!” I swung around and saw this:

Breach 1

Breach 1

 

Man, what a splash when he hit the water!

More to follow.

Bob

 

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