The Pacific humpback whales are here! We have been hearing them for a few weeks now, but this week they have been really close. Face to tail close! Humpback are the noisiest and most creative whales when it comes to their singing and sounds they make. They have long and varied songs which are expressed by either grunts, squeaks and other sounds. Males have been recorded singing complex songs only in warm waters http://www.whalesongs.net They can produce a complex song lasting 10 to 20 minutes, which they repeat for hours at a time. Its purpose is not clear, though it may have a role in mating.
Today we were diving and enjoying these great songs and hoping for another glimpse of the whales. We had an awesome moment 2 days ago when we encountered a mom with her young playing and showing off right next to our boat. But yesterday we ended up with an even more amazing encounter. Again mom came next to the boat, right after our dive, this time we were ready with our snorkel gear, and slowly and softly dropped ourselves into the big ocean to something that was an experience of a lifetime. The gorgeous ‘little’ calf was right next to us. How awesome, but where did mom disappear to? They usually keep their kids in clear vision. left, right, up??? BELOW, but I mean right below us! like 30 cm from our fins. At one point Miha, one of our instructors was eye to eye with mom. What an adrenaline rush! But it was a wonderful experience with a true gentle giant. Just imagine what it would have been like if you were here to experience it to 😉
Whales can travel 25,000 km twice a year, making them one of the farthest migrating animals on earth. We have the pleasure of enjoying their presence from December to April when these magnificent creatures come to Costa Rica from Alaska and from August till December when they migrate from Antarctica. Imagine if you had to come all that way to deliver your baby and never taking any rest or having any meals in between! They truly are wonderful creatures.