The amazing Humpback Whale loves the Mexican water so much that they have made Puerto Vallarta the place were they have their babies every year. These are the most acrobatic of all whales and they arrive around mid October and stay until the end of March. During that time, some of them will give birth to their babies while others just have fun reproducing before they make their journey back to their feeding grounds in the north.
And that is common knowledge in town, almost anyone that has lived in town for a couple of years knows about this miracle, but for all of you that want to know more about this huge mammals we have prepared some facts that will make you want to meet them in person, that is right, close and personal, so close it would take your breath away. And we know it because we make this happen year after year.
Humpback whales are known for their magical songs, which travel for great distances through the world’s oceans. These sequences of moans, howls, cries, and other noises are quite complex and often continue for hours on end. Scientists are studying these sounds to decipher their meaning. It is most likely that humpbacks sing to communicate with others and to attract potential mates.
These whales are found near coastline, feeding on tiny shrimp-like krill, plankton, and small fish. They migrate annually from summer feeding grounds near the poles to warmer winter breeding waters such as Bahia de Banderas (that is the name of the bay where Puerto Vallarta is located) and other places near the Ecuator. The family swims close together, often touching one another with their flippers and it really appear to be gestures of affection. Females nurse their calves for almost a year, though it takes far longer than that for a humpback whale to reach full adulthood. Calves do not stop growing until they are ten years old.
Humpbacks are powerful swimmers, and they have a massive tail fin, called a fluke that use to propel themselves through the water and sometimes completely out of it. These whales, like others, regularly leap from the water, landing with a powerful splash. No one is sure if this funny behavior serves a purpose, such as cleaning pests from the whale’s skin, impressing the females or simply do it for fun.
Whale watching is an opportunity of a life time and you simply can not miss it if you are in Puerto Vallarta this time of the year.
As always, we made it easy for you, we are ready to go, click HERE for info on the tour.
If you have any questions about this phenomenon happening in the area, please do not hesitate to contact us.