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WHERE TO WHALE WATCH

 

Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary, Antarctica

Species: humpback, Southern right, minke

Season: summer

Access:  boat only

 

Campbell River, British Columbia

Species: humpback, pilot, Bryde's

Season: January - March

Access:  boat, shoreline

 

Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Species: humpback, fin, northern right, minke, pilot

Season:  April - October

Access:  boat only

 

Baja, California, Mexico

Species: gray, blue, humpback

Season:  almost year-round

Access: boat, shoreline

 

Lofoten Islands, Norway

Species: sperm, minke, orca

Season: summer

Access: boat only

 

Kaikoura, New Zealand

Species: sperm, orca

Season: Year-round

Access: shoreline

 

Cape Town to Cape Agulhas, South Africa

Species: Southern right, humpback, Bryde's, orca

Season: August-November

Access: shoreline

 

Patagonia, Argentina

Species: Southern right, orca

Season: June-December

Access: boat, shoreline

 

Shikoku, Japan

Species: Bryde's sperm,

Season: Year-round

Access: boat only

 

 

 

CRUISE WEST

 

7-night Wildlife Safari Cruises from Cabo San Lucas

 

Spirit of Endeavour: 

January 13, 20, 27; February 3, 10, 17, 24; March 3, 10, 17

 

Spirit of '98

February 7 (Kodak Photo Cruise Date), 14, 21, 28; March 7, 14

 

 

AMERICAN HAWAII CRUISES (January - March)

 

S.S. Independence

Call for itinerary and pricing

 

Special Theme Activities

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Whale watching on deck along the Na Pali Coastline.

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Lectures and slide presentations on Hawaii's humpback whales and other local mammals including dolphins, sea turtles, and monk seals given by researchers from the Pacific Whale Foundation.

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Interesting Video Programs.

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Optional shore excursion:  Tour the new Hawaii Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary for some of the world's most spectacular whale watching.

 

 

Humpback Whale Trivia

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Approximately 2,000 whales winter in Hawaii each year.

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A mature humpback whale may weigh up to a ton per foot or nearly 40 tons (80,000 lbs) when fully mature.  Calves range from 10 to 15 feet in length and average 3,000 lbs. at birth.

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The head of a humpback whale is large in proportion to its body, comprising 1/3 of the whale's entire body mass.

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The torpedo shape of the whale may assist in its long migrations (upwards of 7,000 miles round-trip) between the summer feeding areas and the winter breeding grounds in Hawaii.  They can swim at speeds in excess of 15 miles per hour for brief periods.

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Humpbacks produce a wide array of sounds, including the highest and lowest frequencies humans can here.  Most of the singing takes place by males during the breeding season.

 

 

 

WORLD EXPLORER CRUISES

 

Type of cruising:  Expedition

 

Attention:  AARP Members

Receive a 20% discount upon proof of current membership, in selected categories

 

Destinations: 

Central America and the Panama Canal

Alaska

 

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MARINE EXPEDITIONS

 

Type of cruising:  Expedition

 

Destinations: 

Antarctica and/or Falklands (Malvinas)

Iceland, The Faroes Islands, Scotland,  Ireland, England

Iceland, Greenland

Greenland, Labrador & Atlantic Canada

Newfoundland Circumnavigation

Galapagos Islands, South America

 

 

 

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