A Humpback Whale breaches off of Pu’ukohola Heiau National Historic Site this morning (1-12-13). The waters in the area are part of NOAA’s Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary.
Why do Humpback Whales breach? We don’t really know, but it could be just for fun! (If you weighed 80,000lbs, wouldn’t you want to see how big of a splash you could make?)
Visitors enjoying the “show”…notice the whale on the top right of the photo.
A Humpback Whale’s fluke…
These folks got a close encounter with a creature the size of a bus!
The “humpback” of a humpback whale.
A fishing boat passing by a much bigger whale!
These people are probably about 5 to 6 feet tall…that whale is about 40 feet long!
Not in Hawaii, but want to experience our whales for yourself? No problem. Check this out: Listen to Hawaii’s Humpback Whales Singing LIVE