Protected from whaling for many years, the Humpbacks come to Hawaii from the frigid waters of Alaska to breed and give birth. It is hard to find an adjective that can truly do them justice. Often called “gentle giants”, they are sentient mammals that care for their young and communicate throughout miles of ocean. And they love to leap out of the ocean and slam their tails on the water. They are loving, funny, caring and just a marvel of nature. To see one breech out of the water is something you’ll always remember.
Not only are they playful, but they are extremely acrobatic, leaping out of the water with enough force to lift about two-thirds of their body. Called breaching, it may also include a twisting motion and slapping of their tails on the surface of the water. No one is truly sure why they do this, but it’s suspected it may be related to play activity or courtship. Whatever it is, to see a whale breach is an unforgettable sight.
Whale watching is extremely popular during their season in Hawaii (December to March). Protected from whaling for many years, the Humpbacks came back from near extinction after being classified as Endangered. It is difficult to find an adjective that can truly do them justice, but magnificent comes pretty close.