Humpback Whales Interacting with Humans
Humpback Whales are definitely gentle giants. Their curiosity is very obvious as they will investigate most things on the surface of the ocean. In Australia you are not allowed to swim with Humpback Whales and that is probably a good thing because the numerous barnacles would certainly cut you severely should you brush up against one.
On this page and contained in the you tube presentations are numerous photos showing you just how curious the Humpback Whales are. The older the whale the less curious it is. On whale watching trips often you wonder who is looking at who the whales frequently come to look at the people on the boats.
It is the juvenile whales that are the most curious of the whale migration each year, half grown Humpbacks are just like any teenager, checking everything out and seemingly looking for something different and new.
On the boats they will come to the boat and as long as you wave and attract their attention through movement onboard they will usually take some time out and swim around and under the boat to get a better view of the boat and the strange moving things onboard looking at them.
On one trip I made two juveniles came to the boat and stayed for around an hour and a half which was unusual and made for some fantastic photos and close encounters for those on that trip.
On most trips I have found something good or unusual will happen. It is unusual for nothing to happen when juvenile whales are around.
Mothers and calves will also often come to the boats for a look at you.
You can hear the gasps, oooh's and aaah's of the people onboard as they take in the view of the baby humpback riding on it's mothers head and sometimes taking a peek at those onboard.
The Humpback whales gentle nature and curiousity make it an easy target for the countries that still hunt them and that is why it is so important we all do everything we can to protect them. It is simply not necessary or right to hunt them. We don't need the oil and we don't need to eat them anymore.
Those days are long gone.