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The Song of the Humpback

02-28-2013

By Kristin Roth, Senior Fleet Expedition Leader, Safari Explorer

Imagine walking down the stairs to the back deck of a boat you’ve been on for two days and hearing these miraculous sing song tunes coming out of a small speaker. The Safari Explorer carries a , hydrophone, which is a microphone to be used underwater in order to hear marine mammal communications.

Whale breach

A breaching humpback whale in Hawaii

The song of the humpback whales.

Humpbacks come to Hawaii each year to give birth, mate and sing their song, but it is only the males that participate in singing. We spent a portion of our morning before heading out snorkeling sitting on the back deck sipping coffee and listening to the whales communicate with one another through song that has been a part of their life for years and years.

While we do see whales breach in Hawaii, the more typical sightings involve their fluke and back which you'll spot gracefully gliding through the water.

Humpback whale

A humpback whale fluke

Humpback whale

Another humpback whale glides through the water in Hawaii

The 36-guest Safari Explorer sails week-long Luxury Adventures among the Hawaiian Islands from November through April.



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