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Humpback Whale Season In Hawaii

Humpback whale season in Hawaii

Humpback whales season in Hawaii runs from November to May. More that 12,000 whales will spend the winter in Hawaiian waters each year.

Whale watching is gaining in popularity all over the world.  Humpback whale season in Hawaii is from November to May each year.  Maui is one of the best islands for humpback whale watching tours, but all of the main islands offer whale watching tours during the winter season.

Almost 12,000 whales will spend much of the winter in and around Hawaiian waters — this makes for some of the best whale watching opportunities in the world.

Humpback Whales

The humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) is a species of baleenwhale. One of the larger rorqual species, adults range in length from 12–16 metres (39–52 ft) and weigh approximately 36,000 kilograms (79,000 lb). The humpback has a distinctive body shape, with unusually long pectoral fins and a knobbly head. It is an acrobatic animal, often breaching and slapping the water. Males produce a complex song, which lasts for 10 to 20 minutes and is repeated for hours at a time. The purpose of the song is not yet clear, although it appears to have a role in mating.

Found in oceans and seas around the world, humpback whales typically migrate up to 25,000 kilometres (16,000 mi) each year. Humpbacks feed only in summer, in polar waters, and migrate to tropical or sub-tropical waters to breed and give birth in the winter. During the winter, humpbacks fast and live off their fat reserves. The species’ diet consists mostly of krill and small fish. Humpbacks have a diverse repertoire of feeding methods, including the bubble net feeding technique.  From Wikipedia.


Humpback Whale Season In Hawaii

Humpback whale season in Hawaii generally runs from November through May, although whales may be encountered in limited numbers during other months. As many as 12,000 humpback whales will enter Hawaiian waters to spend their winters each year.

It seems that this year Humpback Whale season is starting early, as the first confirmed sighting this season of a humpback whale in the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary was made Monday off Hawaii island, this according to federal officials.

“It’s important for everyone to be extra vigilant during whale season, for their own safety and the protection of these magnificent animals,” Paul Wong, operations coordinator for the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, said in a news release.

There are a number of great places to go to try and see some of the Humpback Whales that enter Hawaiian waters during these months. You can check out the Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail, where the top of the trail is one of the best areas on the island for Humpback Whale viewing. The west side of the island also has some excellent whale watching tours.

If you have the chance, get out and about and try checking out one of the coolest spectacles around. Original story here.

Have you ever gone whale watching in Hawaii?

It truly is one of the great natural experiences for anyone traveling to The Aloha State.  Many visitors schedule their visits to make sure it’s during humpback whale season in Hawaii.

~~ Aloha nui loa


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