"There She Blows!" is a common call aboard the Charter Dreams fleet. Keep on the lookout to catch a glimpse of a Humpback Whale's waterspout as they emerge from the depths to catch a breath of fresh air. It is common for us to spot several pods in a day during the winter season. We can follow close by to observe these magnificent mammals in their natural habitat. With your camera close at hand, we watch as they lazily roll in the surf flipping their whale's tales high. You often see them breaches as they leap 30 - 40 feet into the air and crash back to the water; experts say that the breach may be for courtship, a challenge or a display of affection. Or you may get lucky and catch them in their mating dance which includes slapping their fins or tails loudly against the waves.
Each year 200 to 300 Humpback whales migrate to Banderas Bay, Puerto Vallarta to cave and mate. They come all the way from Alaska and Washington where they spend their summers feeding. Then, they make the 3 month journey to the warm Mexican waters for the winter. During their winter stay, they do not eat at all.
The Humpback Whales grow to be about 52 feet (16 meters) long, weighing 30-50 tons. The females are slightly larger than males. Their color ranges from white to gray to black to mottled. Each whale has a unique set of white markings on the underside of the flukes, (tail) which is like a fingerprint. They can dive to depths of 500 700 feet for up to 30 minutes at a time, but usually a dive lasts about 15 minutes. Humpbacks usually swim at 3 - 9 m.p.h. but can go up to 15 - 16.5 m.p.h. They live to be 45 50 years old.
The Humpback is known for their amazing, distinctive songs. These beautiful but eerie songs are made up a recognizable sequence of squeaks, grunts and other sounds. Only males have been recorded singing. Some believe the songs perhaps used for mating purposes or locating krill (tiny crustaceans that they eat).
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