Whale Watching in Hawaii
Have you tried Whale Watching yet? Every year thousands of humpback whales leave the icy ocean around Alaska during the fall, swimming non-stop 3,000 miles for nearly eight weeks, before reaching their Hawaiian winter home. They arrive here in Hawaii November and going back to Alaska in April.
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Here, in the warm and clear waters, they mate, give birth, and nurture their calves. Female humpback whales can only give birth once every two or three years and the time between fertilization and birth lasts eleven or twelve months.
Only male humpback whales are known for producing so-called whale songs when they’re competing with other males to attract females for mating and they can be heard singing even miles away. The whale song definitely is a phenomenal non human form of communication.
The humpback whale is an endangered species and is protected against hunting by federal law. As of today, only about 20,000 humpback whales live in the North Pacific and about 60 percent of them come to Hawaii each year.
Whales aren’t dangerous, actually they are friendly oceanic creatures like dolphins. Humpback whales also don’t have teeth, but bristles known as baleen which is made out of keratin like nails. They consume various kind of fish like krill, cod, capelin, sardines, mackerel, herring, pollock, haddock or salmon.
These magical mammals can eat up to 4,400-5,500 pounds (2000-2500 kg) of fish each day during the feeding season in Alaska, where they stay from May until October.
However, during mating season humpback whales will fast (stop eating) and live off of the body fat they acquired during feeding season. In Hawaii, they focus only on mating.
Adult humpback whales reaches about 45-50 feet (13-15m) in length and weigh up to 66.000 pounds which means they can weigh more than five elephants. A newborn humpback whale calf is approximately 12-15 feet long (3.5-4.5m) and weighs approximately 2.000 pounds. Their life expectancy is about 45 to 50 years.
Whale Watching Tours in Hawaii
Over the last decades whale watching has become a billion dollar business with thousands of people taking several boat tours in order to watch these beautiful majestic creatures.
If you like to go Whale Watching in Hawaii feel free to check out the Whale Watching Tours on the different islands. ONLY AVAILABLE FROM NOVEMBER TO APRIL!
For more information or to book a whale watching tour, you can contact us at danielshawaii.com