The Best Day Of My Life… (Whales)
Listen to this upbeat song, while watching whales swimming and making splashes, and some stories… Enjoy!
Every year, between December and April, thousands of humpback whales journey approximately 4,000 miles round-trip to Hawaii where they congregate, breed, calve, and nurse their young. Whales can swim up to 100 miles a day, so it’s a long journey for them.
As soon as the captain of the ship spots a little water splash on the surface, the crew immediately starts the motor and drives to that direction. All boats are asked to stay in a good distance from the whale. When the boat gets there, it parks there and not allowed to make any noise. That day, we were all standing at the desk waiting for the whale show quietly and anxiously.
Mother humpback whales take care of their babies because the babies wouldn’t survive without the help and protection of their mothers. When the whale is born the first thing the mother has to do is bring the baby whale to the surface so that it can take its first breath of fresh air. After that the mother might support the baby until it is strong enough to swim on its own.
In April, these whales are all ready to swim back to Alaska. When they do, parents, aunts, uncles of these young whales swim in a big circle, and young ones are placed in the center of the circle, then start their long journey. This is how they protect the young ones from killing whales.
These humpback are very acrobatic, breaching high and slapping the water as they descent. When a large whale breaches, the sound can be heard for up to a mile away.
We were told that it was a phenomenal scene when hundred males were chasing female whales. Because female whales are very picky, those male whales have to give full speed for hours to show their power.
The captain encouraged us to come back, he said, “A guy comes to the Big Island in February every year, he gets on the ship every single day for the entire month.” It probably costs him a few thousand dollars; he might be one of those who makes money while sleeping. 🙂