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Whale Watching in Hawaii

Whale watching is an increasingly popular travel destination for tourists from all over the world

You can go on such a tour at almost any time, since in different countries and water areas the season falls at different times of the year. So, at the end of the "whale boom" in Hawaii, tourists can go to Iceland (season - from late April to late summer), Australia (June-July) or Alaska, where these animals live until August-September. In Russia, killer whales and friendly whales inhabit the Ongachan Bay on the Shantar Islands. You can watch them directly without going to the sea, from the shore. White whales, killer whales, gray whales, Japanese and Greenland whales come here to feed. White whales - an unforgettable sight. It is necessary to take a trip to the north of Russia to see this beautiful creature. The snow-white giants may seem to you in all their charm just 15 meters from the cape. California is not in vain considered one of the best places for whale watching. This is the place to hurry for those who want to see the biggest whale - the blue one. But tourists are more attracted by gray whales - they are famous for their friendliness to humans.

Whales can be seen around all of the Hawaiian islands, so many companies offer day and evening tours for whale watching on large and small boats. Most give you a guarantee of meeting with the whales, and if you cannot see the whales during the tour, the company offers you another tour for free. Usually, the cost of the tour includes drinks, snacks, whale specialist services, which will tell you everything about whales. Some companies also offer you to listen to whale songs using hydrophones.

Among all cetaceans, the humpback whale has the thickest layer of subcutaneous fat after its cousin, the blue whale, and is considered to be the record holder among the minke whales in terms of body fat and body size. The tail fin of this whale is very large and wide, and its edges are covered with uneven notches. When diving, humpback whales expose their tail high up, which is different, for example, from blues, which never show their tail fins.

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Whale watching is a very popular entertainment during the winter months

Humpback whales are unusual mammals, as they are endowed with amazing abilities, and one of them is singing. Whales perform a large number of long, complex and beautiful songs. To some extent, their songs are a secret for scientists: no one knows why they sing, or what their songs mean. Males sing during the breeding season, but so far there is no evidence that they thus attract females.

In total, there are about 10-15 thousand humpback whales in the world, and about a thousand swim in the warm waters of Hawaii at the end of November each year and stay here until the end of April, and then go back to the waters of Alaska. Humpback whales that live in the Pacific Ocean migrate from waters in the Alaska region to the coast of central California.

Their journey of 5,600 km, depending on the speed of their movement, takes one to two months. The average speed of a whale is usually 4.8-14 km / h, but in case of danger a whale can reach speeds of 24-26.5 km / h. Whales move in large groups, almost without stopping to rest. These groups are not permanent, and there are only a couple of days. However, a permanent relationship exists between the female and her cub. The warm waters of Hawaii are great breeding grounds for humpback whales. Pregnancy in whales lasts 10-12 months.

The humpback whale is one of the most memorable representatives of Cetacea and due to its characteristic appearance it cannot be confused with other whales. Humpback whales are one of the oldest mammals on the planet, which is confirmed by fossil remains, which are about 5 million years old. For the first time the humpback whale was described in 1756 and got its name due to the shape of the dorsal fin, which resembles a hump or because of the manner of swimming with an arched back, and its biological name was repeatedly changed.

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