Monday, January 24, 2011

Whale of a Tail

Or tail of a whale?  It is not easy to spot - let alone photograph - humpback whales from the shore!  Finding a grey mammal in a vast grey ocean, often at quite a far distance, takes patience.  I was lucky enough to spot a couple of them breaching off the coast from an overlook just north of Hanauma Bay after watching for about 7-8 minutes.  This was the only photo I managed to get.  North Pacific Humpback Whales leave Alaskan waters each fall - a majority of them make the 3500 mile swim to the warm, shallow waters that surround the Hawaiian islands.  Sightings are common between December and April.  I'll be trying again soon!


  1. Wow! I have never seen any kind of whale in person, only on TV or in films. Good luck with your future sightings.

  2. Thanks Paul - I hadn't either until I moved here. Last year I took a flight around the Big Island in a very small plane that was able to get close to the water. We saw several pods of whales up close - it was really amazing!