Having a WHALE of a time in Hawai'i7/1/2016
Almost everyone knows that Humpbacks migrate to the Hawaiian Islands between November and April. Many people aren’t aware of that there are other members of the whale family who enjoy the tropical waters off the Islands.
In 1993 there was only an estimated 6000 whales in the North Pacific Ocean and 4000 of them came to Hawai'i. It is now estimated by the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary that there are over 21000! It is always a thrill to see them leap out of the water. Frequently in Hawaii'i you will have the opportunity to see a mother and baby close to the shore.
Many boat tour operators operate on the Big Island. It's a special experience to be out on the ocean with these giants of the sea. Check out Go Hawaii website for not only the Big Island but other islands in our beautiful chain in the Pacific. You will also find links to other activities at their site!
The Big Island also plays host to Pilot Whales and the occasional Sperm Whale or Killer Whale!
Melon headed Whales and Pygmy Sperm Whales are two smaller members who can be spotted occasionally. These two types of whales are less than 10 feet in size, considerably smaller than their giant cousin the humpback who can be over 45 feet long and weigh 35 TONS!