My whale-watching tour Samana (by Matthew)
Samana, 26/2/2012. We went on a whale-watching tour in Samana Bay with Granny and Grandad. Daddy had to drive us (all eight of us) from Nagua in a big white Nissan four-by-four. We got up early and after breakfast we all walked to the boat marina to get on our boat.
We went about 4-5 miles out into the bay where the humpback whales come to breed. We saw a very happy baby whale (calf) with its mother and a large male whale.
Here are some facts about the baby humpback whale:
* Baby humpback whales weigh about one ton when they are born and drink about two hundred litres of milk every day.
* About 90% of all baby humpback whales are born in Samana Bay
* Baby humpback whales nearly always stay above their mother at all times because they get very tired and sometimes need a piggy-back (if that exists in the world of whales!).
* The percentage of recently born calves that survive their first northward migration is not known. Hazards include big ships, Orcas and, especially, big commercial fishing nets that have broken free and are drifting.
Now for the adults:
* A fully grown male can be 50-feet long and weigh 40 tons.
* They eat about 1.5 tons of krill and small fish every day (that’s the equivalent of about 12,000 McDonalds hamburgers)
* Male humpback whales sing to attract females
* Humpback whales can hold their breath underwater for up to 40 minutes.
I thought the humpback whales were awesome because hey leaped out of the water and looked as thought they were trying to fly. There were three humpback whales – a playful calf, a protective mother and a male as big as a giant. As the calf played it threw its tail high into the air and brought it down with a great CRASH – like a bomb being dropped down from mid-space right next to you!
Then it was tine to go home. On the way home we had fizzy drinks 0 for me it was the end to perfect morning.
My Humpback Whale Watching Tour in Samana Bay (by Ben)
On Sunday 26th February, Mum & Dad took us Brittons – including Granny and Grandad, on a Whale Safari. We got up early on Sunday, to arrive for eight-thirty. We were very excited because we had never seen a whale before (except for dolphins and on TV shows).
Our boat was called Pura Mia. It was the biggest of all the whale-watching boats. We were on the top deck and a lady told us some interesting facts about humpback Whales, like:
* They can weigh 40-50 tons – more than our boat with 100 passengers on board.
* Adult humpback whales measure around 50 feet long.
* The pectoral fins on a humpback whale are especially long. On an adult they are around 15 feet long.
* A baby whale is called a calf. When they are borne calves weigh about a ton (2000 pounds)
* The underneath of an adult’s tail, belly and fins are white. On a calf these are light grey.
* An adult humpback whale can stay underwater for 40 minutes, but calves can only stay under for 15 minutes.
* A humpback whale has nodules as big as a fist on it’s nose. These have hairs on them.
* A calf drinks 200 litres of milk each day and grows by sixty pounds each day
* When a humpback whale dives, the back arches and the dorsal fin comes up like a hump. This is how the amazing humpback whale gets its name.
It was a great experience seeing whales in the ocean. We saw a watchful mummy whale and her playful calf. The baby was only two or three weeks old. They were accompanied by a giant guardian – the lady told us the guardian is never the baby whale’s father. The crazy calf was smacking its tail so hard against the water that it was like being in a thunder storm. The calf even jumped half-way out of the water and the splash came pounding down so loud that I thought someone was bashing me on the head with a hammer!
Then the male guardian kept trying to show off his size and strength by floating in the water like a giant log. He was so big that I could barely keep sigt of his tail and the nodules on his nose at the same time.
Then a man came round with fizzy pop. We got cocal-cola, sprite and a fanta as we headed back to the land.
What a great adventure.