February 21, 2010

In Awe of Mother Nature: Humpback Whales in Hawaii

About the video: The main footage was taken on our shaky ride out to Pacific Whale Foundation‘s whale watching tour off the Maui coast in Hawaii. As you may hear, I have gasped every time the huge sighting of the whales has appeared (you would think it is my first time seeing them!) and for that I apologize. I would have taken it out, if it weren’t for the boat recording the famous male whale song via the water microphone as part of their research, and that my friends, you have got to hear!

A video used to be embedded here but the service that it was hosted on has shut down.

February is the height of season for humpback whales in the Hawaiian islands, and it is this beauty alone that I believe can restore all of what winter has taken away from us in its bitter cold this year. You can watch these amazing creatures right from the shores of Kaanapali beach (among other places) as well as going on special whale watching tours. The humpback whales spend their summers in Alaska where they feed in the polar waters, and then migrate to tropical waters of Hawaii where you can see them from December to May, but February is the sweetest month of all for seeing them in action!

The Pacific Whale Foundation is a superb non-profit organization with a mission to research, study, and most of all protect marine life especially whales and dolphins. They do a magnificent job. I have been to several of their whale watching tours over the years and highly recommend using them exclusively for your whale watching trips. Most of all, they work hard to stop the despicable act of Whaling, which there are not enough ways to condemn, and which still sadly goes on in some parts of the world.

You can join me in supporting them by becoming a Pacific Whale Member and by learning about these gentle beautiful mammals that add so much beauty, grace, and delight to the oceans of the world. Please do what you can to ensure the safety and freedom of these amazing creatures in our oceans.

Photo below taken on my Maui tour, February 2010.

About the Author: Farnoosh is a new columnist at Elephant Journal. She created her own blog, Prolific Living, with a vision of embodying the essence of vitality by living a prolific life by conscious eating, voracious reading, diligent yoga, constant traveling, insatiable appreciation of the arts and by imparting that experience to its beloved readers, you!

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