The next morning we rose to a brilliant sunrise.
Heading south on the Sea of Cortez, we soon encountered many humpbacks.
The humpback whale is a Baleen whale. Adults range in length from 40–50 ft and weigh approximately 79,000 lb. It is
an acrobatic animal, often breaching and slapping the water, all of which we observed. Males produce a complex whale
song, which lasts for 10 to 20 minutes and is repeated for hours at a time. The purpose of the song is not yet clear,
although it appears to have a role in mating.
Humpback whales typically migrate up to 15,000 miles each year. Humpbacks feed only in summer, in polar waters, and
migrate to tropical or sub-tropical waters to breed and give birth in the winter. During the winter, humpbacks fast and live
off their fat reserves. The species' diet consists mostly of krill and small fish
The following three photos, taken consecutively, show the humpback breaching and then falling on its back which is
typical of humpbacks.