Earth and all its beauty have always mesmerized me. The waters that surround our world especially bring me calmness in my soul. Looking out toward the ocean is so comforting, yet we all know how fast a storm can change the seas. I wonder what whales think of the storms? Come see for yourself.
I honestly could not stop thinking about Jonah and the Whale while boating out to sea, but to my surprise I never thought I would see a baby Humpback that could grow up to swallow Jonah! Today’s photos are from that encounter. I soon forgot about Jonah and wondered if Alesia would survive this amazing spectacle as the boat rocked from side to side.
As our capable Captain approached slowly, he explained to his excited guests that underneath the baby was his mother. Mama whale was there to teach, protect, feed, and enjoy her offspring. She could be approached by an aggressive male whale who was interested in mating, however, mama whale made it clear to the male to knock it off!!! Baby came first!
We saw many breaches of whales right before spotting this precious one, but I felt compelled to share his story. The captain slowly approached while explaining how baby whales are born in the winter time on Maui’s coast. The tour guide also made sure to add that no one has ever witnessed a birth of a baby whale! I was quite surprised with the fact that a live birth was still a mystery to the scientific community.
Our baby humpback whale story was one of playfulness. As I explained earlier, we were told without a shadow of a doubt his mama was right underneath him the entire time teaching him to maneuver, protecting him from predators, and feeding him! Now its time for you to look at the photos. Here’s a secret. He was showing off to his boat guests and his mama by flipping over and over again in the water. He was on his back a whole lot because he wanted to be looking at his mama most of the time!!! That’s a baby for you!
Vacation time on Maui was highlighted by a whale of a day! I could not resist showing off these photos from my whale watching tour. Come enjoy these magnificent mammals that I captured with my Nikon D80.
Here on Maui nearly 75% of humpbacks come here for the winter. They weigh up to 45 tons, but check for yourselves and see how graceful they look in these pictures. I will post more at a later date.
One interesting fact learned was that whales typically breech or fly out of the ocean because they have lots of barnacles on their body and when they jump out of the water they are trying to remove them. I guess if you have to itch you might as “whale” make a big splash!