HUMPBACK WHALE (Megaptera novaeangliae)


Brandon Michael Witness to Humpback Whale Birthing

January 13, 2009 Brandon Michael witnesses the birthing of a Humpback Whale at Makena Landing on Maui.


Look closely and you can see the head of the baby just poking out of the mother. Just after this photo the baby was expelled out into the air and the ocean.

Brandon Michael narrative on YouTube.

Photographs Copyright Brandon Michael

To more fully appreciate the significance of Brandon's observation and photograph I will quote from Gregory D. Kaufman & Paul H. Forestell's book HAWAII'S HUMPBACK WHALES,  published in 1986 with second edition in 1994 by Island Heritage Publishing. This is my primary source of information on Humpbacks. It has been great sport photographing behavior and matching it to that described by Kaufman and Forestell. Thanks.

Page 114, "The rather surprising fact, however, is that there is no well-documented evidence of an actual birth in Hawaiian waters. While many claim to have witnessed a birth, it is found on closer examination the observer thought they saw a newly born calf."

Close Encounter Maui Linai Ferry and Humpback Whale Mom and Calf

March 27, 2010 I had the good fortune to be riding the Expedition's ferry over to Lanai. We were not too far from the harbor when the boat stopped abruptly. Regaining my feet ( I had actually been thrown back into my seat) I realized something was happening on the starboard side of the boat and got the camera rolling.

Competition Pod Moves Toward and Past McGregor Point

Spent a few minutes watching events at McGregor Point on one of my day trips over to Makena State Park. Filmed the group of whales burning toward the point and then veering off to the North in quest of the female. None present said they had seen anything quite like this. I am talking about the knowledgeable volunteers that work for the Pacific Whale Foundation.

Friends of Makena State Park

 Friends of Makena State Park was formally formed in 2003 to assist the Hawaii's Department of Land and Natural Resources in the stewardship of  Makena State Park.

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