Our Humpback Whales Are Migrating South
There was an interesting post in one or our groups from marine biologist Melissa Laurino that I wanted to share with you.
For those who haven’t been on one of our world famous dolphin and whale watching tours probably don’t know that we have a massive population of Humpback Whales that stop in our area to feed.
We recently wrote about whales off our coast and put up an incredible video of them splashing around. Click the link below for that video.
Now that the ocean temperature is starting to change, these Humpback Whales are starting to migrate south to the Dominican Republic.
It is in the Dominican Republic where they give birth and mate.
The story Laurino shared was about a particular whale that was seen in our area not too long ago.
Back in October her team spotted this whale (we will call Jack) twice. It was feeding in our area in one of it’s many stops on the migration route.
A few days ago the folks at Rudee Flipper Dolphin and Whale Watching, in Virginia Beach, spotted the same whale. This is about 145 Nautical Miles away.
They identify Humpback Whales by the underside of their fluke fin and use their dorsal fins as a secondary form of identification.
They know that it’s the same whale because he had a fresh wound on his dorsal fin and now that wound appears to be healing over.
The whales should be arriving sometime in mid-December to Dominican Republic. Jack has just over 1,000 Nautical Miles to go!
[Photos by Cape May Whale Watch and Research Center Inc]
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