It’s that time of year again … it’s whale season!!
I absolutely love whale season. There is something so exciting about being able to see the humpback whales cruise through our waters. Although I did not see any last year, I have seen them the five years prior. Let’s hope I get lucky enough to see them again this year!
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 in the waters around St. John, St. Thomas and the British Virgin Islands. How exciting is that??!! They typically make this winter appearance 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.
Steve Simonsen has been keeping an eye out for the whales for the past week or so. Hopefully he is fortunate enough to spot some. Check out some pics he has taken in past years:
Beautiful, isn’t it.
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 at firstname.lastname@example.org, so we can share them with all of you.
Happy whale watching!