What’s in the Water? Wednesday! ~Humpback Whales ๐Ÿ’™

What’s in the Water? Wednesday!


I want to first say THANK YOU for reading this post! I’m ecstatic to start this series called, ‘What’s in the Water? Wednesday!’ My passion for the oceans and marine life grow stronger and stronger everyday and as I continue to post on my blog more regularly, I realize that I haven’t been showing too much of what I love most! Some of you may not care about what I choose to post and that’s perfectly ok! This is my zone to where I can express myself and the things I love with all of you! With that being said, let’s get right into my very first ‘What’s in the Water? Wednesday’ post!


 

One of the FIRST things that pops in my head when I think of our oceans is Humpback Whales! Now that doesn’t mean I don’t love other life inside our sea waters, but I have a special place in my heart for these specific mammals. In this post I will be talking about my own experiences as well as some interesting facts about Humpback Whales. With that being said, let’s get right into it!

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“No water, No life, No blue, No green” – Sylvia Earleย 

One of my top favorite Marine Biologist is Sylvia Earle! It wasn’t until a couple of years ago when I was watching a documentary entry called ‘Mission Blue’ when I became inspired by her. I will never forget that day because that is why I am so much more passionate about marine biology! I have watched it a few times since and it’s incredible. To this day it has to be my favorite documentary probably because it’s more sentimental to me personally. The reason I included this first in my post is because what she says is true! Without the oceans and the entire underwater environment, we wouldn’t be here today.


 

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Just look on how huge and amazing these mammals are! You will never fully understand how huge they are until your up close and personal that’s for sure! I have been Whale watching 3 times so far and the second time I went, that was the best experience I had. A few of the whales were breaching out of the water and it’s incredible! It will honestly take your breath away. ๐Ÿ’™

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Holy crapola!

ย This is called, ‘Breeching’

Would you be able to be this close?? I know I would be so down to experience this! I would probably be hesitant depending how much i’ve been diving and what not but holy crapola guys!


 

Have you ever seen humpback whales bubble net feed? It’s so intriguing to me!

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Above you see a humpback whale with bubble floating to the top. This is one way they can feed especially with others. This is more of a group effort BUT there is documentation of single whales doing this on their own. There’s nothing wrong with being a little independent right!?

Normally there will be a few humpback’s and basically what they do is they will start forming a circle and will continue to move circular while blowing bubbles. Why do they blow the bubbles?ย ย They use this technique to their prey which can be salmon, krill, and herring, getting them to float more towards the surface and eventually one whale will make the call to lunge feed up to the surface with their mouths open wide and eat their prey.

This is on my bucket list to be able to see this in person someday! Not all populations of humbles use this method but I noticed just from my own research and watching MANY videos, the humpback’s that travel to Alaska tend to do this and also i’ve recently seen some of this activity in Monterey CA and I’m sure they’re more places they travel to and use this technique.


Humpback Whale Facts!

  1. A humpback whale’s tail is VERY unique! Their tail is their own fingerprint. Every single one is different and that’s why many scientists, marine biologists, and explorers, are taking pictures of them. This is a way to identify and to keep track ofย when conducting research on them.

2. When they travel with other humpback’s, they are then called ‘pods’

3. Scientists don’t know for sure WHY they breech. Some say they do it to take off

4. Their songs can be heard from up to 20 miles away!

5. Their pregnancies last up to 12 months!

6. Not only do they have different markings on their tail, they also ALL have different white markings on their bellies!

7. Ear wax is used to tell the whales age. Say whaaaaat?!

8. Their scientific name is ‘Megaptera Novaeangliae’

9. Winter is their mating seasons and then migrate to warmer waters to give birth and to feed.

10. The calves nurse for about a year-long!

These were just some facts I have come across over time with learning more and more about them or also while I’ve been whale watching!


 

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This is an awesome picture of me and one of my best friends, Mckayla at the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center! She must love me for driving about 2 hours to Santa Cruz with me for this! hahaha

We attended an event they were holding for free after hours at the Center! The event was about Humpback Whale Entanglement. Many whales are getting entangled into fishing nets and crab gear. It’s a sad sight to see honestly.. I love these animals so much that I hate to see them go through life in entanglement and that can also lead into death for some if the ropes or cages don’t fall off on their own. Then of course they normally will have scars from being tangled for long periods of time and of course depending on what is attached to them. Here are some photos I found that I do not claim the rights to but I want to show you what can happen to these beautiful creatures.

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You can always message me if you want more info about this non-profit company that does it! I spoke with the woman who started it all and I was more than willing to volunteer eventually but due to me living a couple of hours away, I had to put that on hold for now..

Here is the link to the dorect website that has so much more info about what they do and how amazing they are! I learned so many new things by going to that event and I am so greatful that I have such amazing friends that stand by me and support me โค๏ธ

http://www.marinelifestudies.org/index.php/whale-entanglement-team-wet.html


 

I hope you all enjoyed this post because I had a lot of fun being able to share some of my own experiences with you as well as some fun facts about these beautiful creatures! Want to learn more or have any post suggestions for future ‘What’s in the Water? Wednesdays!’ leave me a comment below!

I’ve clearly told you all what my passion is, what’s yours? It may not be anything close to what I love BUT I would still love to hear what your passions and goals are! Please don’t be afraid to reach out and connect with me. You can also head over to my Instagram to get more frequent updates on my blog and future posts!

Thanks again for taking the time to read what I’m truly passionate about and I hope to hear from all of you!


 

~KirstieB~

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