If you have been on Maui between Christmas and Easter, you have surely seen the splashes and blows from the shore. You really must get out on the water to truly experience the wonder of these mysterious whales. Their behaviors are complex and varied as well as often touching and awe inspiring. In this day in age where it seems that everything has been caught on tape, no one has ever documented a humpback giving birth. You may be lucky enough to see one of these tiny little newborns being lifted to the surface to be reminded to take a breath or a short while later being taught to breach. It is relatively common in the height of whale season to see a cow breach only to be followed by a little mimic. Mothers and calves stay together for around 12 months, it is often on the return trip the following year that the yearling breaks off on its own. These mothers are very “hands on”, they teach their young by example. It is often the case that while nursing, teaching, and protecting her young she is being constantly pursued by competing males. There is a curious experience that is sometimes had aboard our small eco rafts, it seems that when we are sitting dead in the water we may offer some sense of protection. We have often had mothers and calves tuck in very close under our vessel or keep moving in such a way that places the boat between themselves and the pursuing males. There is no comparison between watching from shore and truly being in the thick of it. Each of our vessels are available for privately chartered whale watching tours from December until May.