January 13, 2009 Brandon Michael witnesses the birthing of a Humpback Whale at Makena Landing on Maui.
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
claim to have witnessed a birth, it is found on closer examination the
observer thought they saw a newly born 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
my seat) I realized something was happening on the starboard side of
boat and got the camera rolling.
Spent a few minutes watching events at McGregor Point on one of my
trips over to Makena State Park. Filmed the group of whales burning
the point and then veering off to the North in quest of the female.
present said they had seen anything quite like this. I am talking about
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