Whale Watching in the Au’au Channel…

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which runs between the islands of Maui, Molokai and Lanai in Hawaii.   Sorry my pictures are not very good, but believe me when I tell you the whale watching adventure was thrilling. We must have seen more than 20 humpback whales in the Au’au Channel south of Lahaina.  We had barely pulled out of the harbor and into deeper water when a whale surfaced literally right next to our boat. We were all so startled that I don’t think anyone got a picture!

The boat ride was a bit rocky, so trying to use my Samsung phone to shoot pictures in the bright glaring sun while trying to hang onto the side and not drop my phone in the water didn’t make for the easiest time.

But seeing the whales and learning about them from biologist Dan was fascinating.  Bet you didn’t know:

Humpback whales swim about 3 to 8 miles an hour but can go 20 miles an hour for a short distance

The main natural predator of the humpback whale is the orca

Humpback whales can go five hours without breathing and slow their heart rate to one beat every seven minutes.

Humpbacks are not monogamous.  If you see two adults and a baby together, the group will consist of mother and baby plus a male escort whale.  He’s not there for protection, he’s there to breed with the female if she’ll allow it.

A competition group consists of a female whale and several males jockeying for position to mate with her.  They jostle and fight with each other and try to impress her (typical males!)

Humpbacks live and feed much of the year in the Pacific Northwest and come to Maui to breed, give birth and, of course, for the Mai Tais!

 

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27 responses

  1. I’ll take whatever pics you want to give us of warm places!

    I loved watching the whales in Hawaii – we actually saw two in the water while our plane landed on Kauai, and from that point on, I was pretty much an ocean watcher for a week. I’m pretty sure my family got tired of me being like, ‘Ooh, one just spouted’ every time I saw it happen.

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    1. I understand. I was unnaturally excited about seeing the same thing over and over! But they are magnificent…

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  2. Very cool! have fun dear x

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  3. Fascinating, Diane! And it looks so amazing. (Kay)

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  4. That looks great!

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  5. That’s awesome!

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      1. I’m so glad you are smiling and relaxing ❤

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  6. I’m absolutely green with envy !💕💕💕

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    1. Maui is my happy place, truly!

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  7. Whoo Hoo! Both fun and exciting! Let the adventure continue…

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  8. So awesome! Happy that you got to see them up close and personal and to learn about them. I’d like to do that some time. 😀

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  9. Wow!! How exciting to see the whales up close and personal. And thanks for the interesting facts I know very little about these animals so it’s good to get a little background.

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  10. How awesome! Feeling very jealous as I type this in freezing temperatures in the UK!

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    1. Aww, I feel your pain. We get home Saturday night and it will be cold around Chicago with snow flurries 😦

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      1. There’s a welcome home to look forward to! Enjoy every minute in the meantime x

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  11. How cool is that?!? Looks fun! They’re smart to come to Hawaii to breed. And far from the only species that can likely say that. 😃

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  12. That’s just the best being out there in the ocean and seeing whales !!! What a treat ❤ Thanks for the pics 🙂

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    1. It is so beautiful here. We are loving it. But back to the real world soon 😦

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      1. Well don’t think about that !!!! That’s just depressing, although I do like coming home after vaca…Safe Travels ❤

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  13. Awesome!!! I’m so jealous! 🐳🐳🐳

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  14. Looks thrilling. Whale watching is right up there on my list. Such magnificent creatures.

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    1. It was fascinating to me. And apparently we had a good day, probably 20 to 30 whales!

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