Monday, April 10, 2017

Humpback Whales #AtoZChallenge

June through September is Humpback Whale season in Puerto Lopez, Ecuador.  They migrate from Antarctica, 16,000 kilometers (almost 10,000 miles) away. While in the warm equatorial waters, the whales fast, focused on mating and birthing.

Whales are seen breaching in the distance from shore.  For a closer view, take a whale watching boat from Puerto Lopez.  A whale might breach near your boat.
Breaching Humpback Whale
Puerto Lopez, Ecuador
Most likely, you will see some tail slapping.
Tail about to slap the water, creating a big splash
Puerto Lopez, Ecuador
It is incredible to watch a 16 meter (52 foot) whale swim under your boat. I am completely in awe and feel insignificant every time. 

Mothers give birth in shallow waters. Babies and mothers are often seen close to shore swimming together.
Adults swimming with calves
Puerto Lopez, Ecuador
Once the calves are strong enough, they leave for Antarctica to feed and grow. We wait for them to return in June.

If you are visiting from the #AtoZChallenge please include a link to your blog in your comment so I can check it out.

28 comments:

  1. I have seen many whales, but never seen them jump out of the water (I have seen many porpoises do that--some not far from me in a kayak. Good post and an interesting theme.

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    1. Thank you sage. It must be amazing to see porpoises from a kayak.

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    1. It is incredible! They are so huge and beautiful.

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  3. I am headed to Alaska on a cruise next month so I am hoping to see whales again. We did a glacier boat tour in 2011 and saw multiple pods.
    Thanks for sharing,
    Judy

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    1. I hope that you see them again. It should be interesting to see the difference in the glaciers from 2011 until now. I saw one four years apart in the late 90s and it was stunning how much it had shrunk. Enjoy the cruise!

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  4. Hi Emily - I've never seen a whale - this sounds like a complete treat - absolutely gorgeous ... one day I hope - cheers Hilary

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    1. Hi Hilary, It is a real treat. Hope you see one somewhere. They are incredible.

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  5. Wow!Amazing facts, Emily and lovely photos.
    Best wishes
    Moon
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  6. Love it, the post and the whales!!!

    H: Hawaii & Honduras
    DB McNicol, author & traveler
    Theme: Oh, the places we will go!

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  7. This is one of the wonders of the world I hope to see someday! Glad I dropped by on the A to Z
    Stephanie Finnell
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    1. Hope that you do see them - they are incredible!

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  8. I'm so envious - I would love to see these whales up close. Such magnificent creatures - I've seen much smaller whales around the coast of Scotland and hope to one day see killer whales go past on their migration.

    Pamela @ Highlands Days of Fun

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    1. They are magnificent. I would love to see killer whales, too.

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  9. I hope to go whale hunting this summer. It'll be awesome to see those huge beautiful creatures out in the ocean.

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    1. Hope that you enjoy whale watching! Their enormous size is awesome to see.

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  10. Wow Emily they sound majestic. I have never seen a whale, hope I can see one too one day
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    1. I hope you do too, they are majestic. Thanks for the link to your blog post on an important topic.

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  11. A is for Awesome! I've never seen a whale in the wild. One day, one day...

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    1. They truly are awesome! Something I wish everyone could experience.

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  12. I have seen Dolphins but I've never seen a whale up close. But I would love to sometime.

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    1. We also see Dolphins right offshore. So fun to watch them swim around.

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  13. Lovely. I've seen whales breach from the shore, but not close to the boat. In Hawaii, whale season is late November to about now. Maui Jungalow

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    1. Thanks Courtney. They are such majestic creatures! Nice that you see them from shore, too.

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