Posted on March 27 2017, by Cassie Roost.
There have been several sightings in this last week of humpback whales with their calves, breaching in the channel. It is really a sight to behold. Most places in the world have had a pretty cold winter this year, and many are still shivering under a blanket of snow. We love this time of year as the whales start making their way south, on their annual migration to warmer waters.
Whales spotted south of Cooper Island Beach Club
Because of their colossal size (up to 50 feet in length and 40 tons) and acrobatic behaviors of throwing themselves completely out of the water (breaching) or slapping their flukes (tails) and pectoral fins on the surface of the water, these magnificent whales are easily observed throughout the Territory, especially along the northern shores of Tortola and Anegada. Not only are a whale’s playful antics spectacular to watch, hearing them underwater, especially while scuba diving, is just as impressive. These eerie yet beautiful “songs” can be heard up to ten miles away underwater without the use of hydrophones.
Fancy joining us next year, to try your hand at whale watching? Don’t hesitate, we are taking bookings already, and can offer a 10% discount when you book up to 1 year in advance!