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Braveheartsmom
Hillsborough , NC
(Zone 7a)

October 11, 2007
5:51 AM

Post #4070935

The first humpback whale of this season has been spotted between the island of Lanai and Maui! Usually the first sighting is in the first weeks of November, so we have an early bird! Reports are that it was a large male and he was jumping out of the water - sheer joy of getting to Hawaii from Alaska I should think!

Pregnant Moms take the journey a little slower (well wouldn't you?) Should be here soon to calf. It is absolutely my favorite time of year when the babies are born and are jumping for joy in the water all along the shore! We usually start to see the first babies just after Christmas with January, February and March being the big birthing months.

Sorry - I get this way every year! They are an awesome sight!

Aloha!
Texasgal77
Baytown, TX
(Zone 9a)

October 11, 2007
5:53 AM

Post #4070940

Oh that would be awesome! Pictures please?

If you have a video camera you could record them! Wish we could see them in action! I bet they are stunning!
Braveheartsmom
Hillsborough , NC
(Zone 7a)

October 11, 2007
6:05 AM

Post #4070958

Oh Jeanne, you don't know my reputation as a camera woman! I am hopeless! I will ask one of our friends who takes awesome photos for his permission to post some of his shots this year...The lovely thing is that you can see them right off shore, but I am never quick enough with the camera...
The whales songs are also beautiful, you can hear them as soon as you put your head under the water, makes you have goose bumps (or chicken skin as they say here!)

AlohaHoya
Keaau, HI
(Zone 11)

October 11, 2007
4:59 PM

Post #4072075

OH terrific!!! How lucky for you to see them so easily!!! Congratulations...
Texasgal77
Baytown, TX
(Zone 9a)

October 11, 2007
5:37 PM

Post #4072184

That is fantastic! What an experience!
LouC
Desoto, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 12, 2007
4:18 PM

Post #4075546

Now I KNOW I have to come to Hawaiia. Going to the garden and taking my wireless speakers...Bro Iz is the only sound I ever allow there with me. Got clean the fish pond and I will be thinking of the whales. Makes me feel all mellow.
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

October 13, 2007
4:35 AM

Post #4077610

They're starting to show up around here early too. This sperm whale was spotted last month!

Thumbnail by Islandshari
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Texasgal77
Baytown, TX
(Zone 9a)

October 13, 2007
4:48 AM

Post #4077639

How neat! I'll have to show my grandchildren! They will love it! They love this sight because they always get to see exciting pictures! The youngest is the most impressed! She sits on my knee and loves to look at all of the pictures! She just ooo's and aaaah's over them. I get a great big kiss and hug and off she goes!

Thank you for all of the special pictures!
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

October 13, 2007
4:50 AM

Post #4077642

Jeanne - always happy to promote hugs and kisses!
LouC
Desoto, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 13, 2007
3:02 PM

Post #4078457

I would give you hugs and kisses if I could. What an exciting place to live. All the things that really count.
Braveheartsmom
Hillsborough , NC
(Zone 7a)

October 13, 2007
3:45 PM

Post #4078568

Cool pic, Shari! I think the sperm whales are even larger than the humpbacks aren't they? Funny they should be showing up early in different parts of the Pacific - I wonder if that means anything weather wise, or perhaps they had an abundant summer of feeding in the north - or in your case the far southern seas.
Our young fellow has been spotted quite a few times now, he is mostly hanging out with a large pod of dolphins.
A hui hou...
Jenny
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

October 13, 2007
11:29 PM

Post #4079746

That is wise of him, if he is young and rather small...the dolphins will protect him from predatory sharks. I think this strange weather all over has so many of the migratory creatures confused...or maybe they know something we don't! Much more likely. Enjoy the show regardless...its great that you are seeing him alot. They are so fun to watch!

Yokwe and a hui hou,
S

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