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Magical Sounds of Whale Song!

The tides are changing to wintertime here in Hawaii and the North Pacific Humpback Whales are starting to show up for their yearly migration to mate and calve in the islands! The seas are about to be filled with the magical sounds of whale song! Did you know that Humpback Whales sing without any vocal chords, just by passing air through chambers of their body!

We even received our first snowfall of the season on Mauna Kea, the tallest Volcanic Mountain in the world, starting from 19,000 ft. sea level to a peak of 14,000 feet!  Meanwhile, Pele the Hawaiian goddess of fire, destruction and creation, still continues to erupt flowing lava from Mauna Loa, our volcano on the South.

The Big Island is truly a magical and very special place!

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Humpback Whale Facts

Humpback Whale The seasons vary in the amount of whales that make the migration, and it’s never a guarantee as to what kind of swim we will have.  Some whales can be very playful and curious, while some are resting or singing, and some are new moms with their calves. This is their mating and calving season and the Southern Pacific Humpback Whales make the journey from the Antarctic, their feeding grounds, to French Polynesia where the water is warm enough for the calves to be born and survive until they can build enough blubber to make the migration home.  Keep in mind that the whales do not feed during their entire migration and season there! A female whale is typically larger than the males for this reason, as she is nursing a calf with 130 gallons of milk every day without feeding herself! The calf gains 7 pounds an hour and doubles in size it’s first month of life!  Generally, large groups of whales together are called competitive groups, with males who are competing to mate with the female.  The males tend to be the singers, who without any vocal chords can pass air through chambers of their body to create the most beautiful and haunting songs that echo throughout the seas.

To learn more about Humpback and other types of whales, visit www.whaleresearch.org