Whale Watching Off the Coast Of Maui

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Whale season in Hawaii is November through February. V doesn’t like boats, so I enjoyed whale watching with friends.

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Yes, that’s the original Justin Beaver with Manny enjoying whale watching together.

Whales come here to lose weight, date and have children. Sometimes they are pretty active even though they don’t eat for six months.

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My best shot all morning

I lose steam after about four hours of not eating, but they blow off steam constantly.

You might not know whether this one is flapping or blowing off steam, but either way, he's active.
You might not know whether this one is flapping or blowing off steam, but either way, he’s active.

With thousands of whales to choose from, I thought I would capture an amazing shot of a whale smiling at me like to the one in the poster.

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Most of the time you stare at the sea and see nothing but waves.

See the whale? Can you tell it from the waves? OK maybe there isn't one.
See the whale? Can you tell it from the waves? OK maybe there isn’t one.

Eventually you begin to imagine that whitecaps or undulations might be whales just getting ready to surface, so you keep staring. Then you get tired of staring, and turn to your friends and snap their pictures. Carol caught a great shot of a flipping tail splashing water.  I turned away for a second and  captured Darrel and Connie against the sun, which I thought was just as magnificent.

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I spent most of my time on the right side of the boat, staring at 1:00, which is where most of the activity took place. Then I heard shouts from the other side of the boat, and rushed over there, leaving my perfect viewpoint. About that time the whales at 1:00 surfaced and I got this picture.

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Then I moved closer to get a better shot, and got this.

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We had a great time, and loved the trip. Manny is going to write about his take later. He learned a lot as well, and made some new friends.

Some people can whalewatch standing on one foot.
Some people can whalewatch standing on one foot.

And this was NOT a tall tail tale.

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20 thoughts on “Whale Watching Off the Coast Of Maui”

    1. It’s been a dream, MFR. I’m having so much fun! So are our traveling partners, a friend from work and her husband, and Mr. ET. It’s amazing to know someone so well on the internet, then finally meet, and get along just as well as you did online. 🙂

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    1. The whales come here only to breed and have their babies. There is no food for them here, so they starve for six months. If they are not having babies, they don’t have to come here. They can just stay in AK and get fatter. They aren’t like birds that all have to come for the weather.

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    1. That will be another post, won’t it. I hope Justin tells that story, then Manny will have to give the back version, of what naughty things they did behind the captain’s back when we weren’t watching them either.

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    1. He’s been a little naughty, but he’s having a great time. He got to ride around in Mrs. ET’s bag for a while, just like old times. He’s a little jealous of Justin Beaver, still because people just love him because he sings, and for some reason just laugh when people say his name. 🙂

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    1. How fun! I love Boston. I was there about 18 months ago. I didn’t go whale watching though. I walked the line, though. I was looking all over for it, and finally someone pointed down on the ground, a painted line. I was kind of disappointed that this big build up was just a painted line on the sidewalk. 🙂

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    1. Hi experienced world traveler. Welcome back, Rommel. I was glad the whales didn’t decide to come up under the boat! They are huge. Every time they appeared, everyone rushed for their cameras and made oohing and ahing sounds. My husband thought he was finished taking pictures, then the whale would do something else, and he’d run back in and get the camera – even though he was “done taking pictures.” Have a great New Year. 🙂

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