Well folks, it’s officially my favorite time of year on St. John … it’s whale season!!
Each year, during the months of February and March (and sometimes even late January or early April if we’re lucky), whales can be seen swimming around St. John. How exciting is that??!! They stop by our neck of the woods with their calves while en route to South America. The calves spend the first few months of their lives in the warm waters of the Caribbean, and they do so in order to build up a layer of blubber that will keep them warm in colder waters.
Here are a some pics taken by the fabulous Mr. Steve Simonsen over the past few of years:
For those of you who plan on doing a bit of whale watching, adult humpback whales have dark grey bodies and are between 35 and 60 feet long. They are endangered, so you’re not allowed to touch them. Just love them from afar please, which is at least 100 yards away according to federal law. And most importantly if you are lucky enough to see the whales, send us pics! Or better yet, email me immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org, so we can see them too.
Happy whale watching!