It’s very exciting for everybody as Maui’s Whales Return For The 2013 Season. Everybody that I have talked to recently keeps asking me, “are they back?” It appears that they are coming back in full force now, so let the show begin. As evidenced by the pictures sent to me from Mary in Kihei, the juveniles are trying to make sure we know they are here to have fun. I am calling this little one “Mary’s Baby Whale”.
It is pretty obvious that this little one had been practicing, although this “baby” probably still weighs in at anywhere between 2000 and 5000 pounds. Look closely at the above picture and you can see that he/she is actually all the way out of the water. In addition to Mary confirming that this was a juvenile, I kind of thought that because of that one fact. When you are watching whales throughout a season, even from a distance, you can see that the adults have grown so large that it is really rare to see one get more than 90% out of the water. The two breaches above are really good, particularly this early in the season, but wait for another month or two and they will be even more spectacular to watch. As this juvenile grows at rate of of 50 to 60 pounds a day, she/he will get stronger, but also will eventually become too large to completely leave the water on it’s breaches. So the obvious time to watch this spectacle is when they are still young, and full of the joy of youth.
When I lived on Hawaii’s Big Island, I used to see a female with her calf very near the shore in Keahou Bay. As I watched them breach for hours at a time, it was obvious that Mom was there to teach with a few well timed breaches that displaced a lot of water, but she never got all the way out of the water. As I watched junior learn, over a period of 2 to 3 months, the difference in his/her release from the water was dramatic. It was there on Hawaii where I really began to think about how close we had come to losing these magnificent animals. Man’s footprint on this world is something we all need to think about. Watching the whales play off the island of Maui, or anywhere in the islands, helps me to remember that I need to look out for the animals, and I hope it will do the same for you.
The next time you begin to plan your Seattle to Hawaii vacation, consider going in “whale season”, so you can experience the exhilaration of watching a big beautiful whale leap for joy.
A hui ho…
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