Winter Breeding Print
Written by Andrew Stevenson   
Monday, 17 March 2008 15:59

In Winter, the North Atlantic humpback whales migrate from their northern feeding grounds some thousands of miles to their winter breeding and mating grounds in the warmer waters of the Caribbean. Baby humpbacks are born without any blubber and require warm water until they have fed enough on their mother's milk to have sufficient blubber to keep them warm in the colder waters up north. While in the Caribbean the youngs calves who are about 12 feet long feed on their mother's milk.

Here is a video I took in January 2008 of a female humpback and two-week old calf off the Dominican Republic coast.



The whales stayed close to our boat moored some 80 miles off the Dominican Republic coast for three days. She seemed to remain around us for protection. Watching this footage you can't help but describe the calf and mother as being affectionate and loving to each other. The mother trusted us completely and appeared interested in introducing her calf to us. The beautiful background music is Lisa Walker's from her Album 'Grooved Whale'. See her website www.groovedwhale.com