Pelagic Friends… we have less than a whale month left…
The end of the whale season in Los Cabos is quickly drawing near, but the whales are still sticking around!
The Humpback mothers and their calves have been putting on a great show for our pelagic guests. Breaching, tail slapping, and , lunging! The calfs have been learning their new and essential life skills!! Close encounters have been experienced on most days. In April, they’re moving back up to Alaska to the cold, food-rich, waters, near where in May they will concentrate. This includes several areas such as, Southeast Alaska, Prince William Sound, Kodiak, the Barren Islands, and along the Aleutian Islands. Diet season will be ended for the whales as they journey back to the North.
During mating season, Humpback Whales stop eating and live off of the body fat/blubber reserves they acquired during feeding season so that they can focus on migration and mating.
This particular species of whale does not live in a family group; by nature they are solitary creatures who prefer to travel alone. That said, the Humpbacks usually feed together in small pods. Even though they might not be in big groups on their way here, many times we will see the Humpback mothers swimming alongside their calves. This is when they can be seen feeding collectively at any one time.
Most Humpback whales make it into their 60s, but scientists estimate that they may live up to 80 years.
So, we hope to see many of the whales we meet this season, next year back to Cabo!
Pelagic Safari Team.