Only between 30,000 and 40,000 Humpback whales remain in the world.
Humpback whale and an aerial view of Loango.
Besides the beautiful and majestic Humpback whale, dwarf minke
and pilot whales are also spotted during this whale-watching season.
During the summer months, over a thousand Humpback whales congregate in Loango's undisturbed waters to mate.
Blue, Humpback, sei and minke whales also drop in from time to time,
and dolphins are not uncommon.
Annually, more than 7,000 Humpback whales travel to the waters of Madagascar to breed and give birth.
Fin, Humpback, and right Whales are seen off the Virginia
Beach coast on whale watching boat trips run by the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center.
It is here that the Humpback whale, fin whale,
minke whale, and the very endangered/heavily protected North Atlantic right whale are often observed.
Some Australians feared the
flotsam may also pose a hazard to Humpback whales, north along the coast.
Big in terms of Humpback whales means gigantic,
since females are usually larger than males to begin with, measuring up to around 50 feet long and weighing approximately 79,000 pounds.
While that's massive by most sea-life standards, by comparison a Humpback whale can grow to upwards of 50
feet in length and weigh up to 40 tons.
In addition, in February you will almost certainly see Humpback whales, and September is the time" Aloha Festival-
a celebration of local culture with songs, dances and flower parades.
(Source) Humpback whales, tuna
and even birds migrate through the Sargasso Sea and rely heavily on it to provide food for their journey.
However, the term"Humpback" was not recorded until the eighteenth century,
and no direct evidence linking the rhyme with the historical figure has been advanced.
Twenty-two species of whales and dolphins frequent the waters of Newfoundland and Labrador,
although the most common are the Humpback, minke, fin, Beluga and killer whales.
This is one of the best
places in the country to go whale watching, as Humpback whales migrate north to south
and south to north throughout the year passing through this area.
Their body is hidden under a pile of all kinds of garbage, it is elongated and massive,
often Humpback, covered with hairs and protrusions, and
the jaws are long and curved.
I once asked one of my Humpback whale teachers, as I
pondered the mystery of her migration, her life in the Atlantic Ocean, her life as a whale, so different in scope and perspective from my own.
They guide my work, they guide my life,
and there is a particular Mama Humpback who gave her name to me as“Kaiya” who has been
a particularly close friend and teacher.
The rapid growth in this area has
been attributed to the relatively dense population of Humpback Whales, whose acrobatic behavior such as breaching(jumping out of the water)
and tail-slapping thrilled observers, and the close proximity of whale populations to the large cities there.
In Ecuador, from June to September, there are many sites from which large groups of Humpback whales can be seen,
including Isla de la Plata(AKA Little Galapagos) and Salinas, at the tip of the Santa Elena Peninsula.
Québec sits at the narrowing of the St Lawrence River(the word Québec means“narrowing” in the Algonquin language), which opens out to the estuary and gulf of St Lawrence where, just a few hours from the city centre- and from mid-May to mid-October- it's possible to see thirteen species of whale, among them the blue,
fin, Humpback, killer and minke.
DNA sequencing analysis indicates that the blue whale is phylogenetically closer to the sei whale(Balaenoptera borealis) and Bryde's whale(Balaenoptera brydei) than to other Balaenoptera species,
and closer to the Humpback whale(Megaptera) and the gray whale(Eschrichtius)
than to the minke whales Balaenoptera acutorostrata and Balaenoptera bonaerensis.
Humpbacks, minkes, fin
and blue whales are also frequently seen off Tadoussac.
The area is known for minke whales,
but you can sometimes see Humpbacks, orcas and the phenomenally large blue whales,
which are commonly spotted in June.
We also know that Humpback whales protect gray whales from orca attacks,
combat dogs and other animals suffer from PTSD, many animals manufacture and use complex tools, and chickens, rats, and mice display empathy.
On August 22nd, we only observed two Humpbacks in this zone.
Since the Humpbacks seem to be risking their own well
being to save animals of completely different species, it's hard to deny that this behavior seems altruistic.