Humpback whales

This week’s Sunday Stills challenge theme is ‘Winter.’ See more responses here.

There are seasons in Hawaii, but they’re not as markedly different as they are on the mainland. So when it comes to a seasonal challenge theme I tend to fall back on migratory creatures. When it comes to winter, I think of humpback whales.

Humpbacks spend their summers in Alaska, which is their prime feeding ground. They come to Hawaii to calve and to mate. The first humpbacks arrive in Hawaii in October or November, but the high season for them is January through March. They can be seen anywhere around the island, but the prime viewing spots are on the more sheltered west side, from Kailua Kona all the way up to Upolu, at the island’s northern tip.

16 thoughts on “Humpback whales

    1. Graham Post author

      One of these days I’m going to have to do a whale watch from a boat. They’re not allowed to get too close, but it’s still a lot closer than on land. Of course, it doesn’t guarantee I’d see whales or that they’d do anything.

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      1. The Snow Melts Somewhere

        We did that in Patagonia and at first I was terrified the whales would knock the boat over. But when we were actually there, it was just mesmerising. The whales (a Mom and her calf) swam under our boat without causing any waves. We didn’t get too close but they just came there, swam under us and then a bit further and then back

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