How to watch for a whale

Whale

It's that time of year.  When humpback whales migrate to colder water in the northern hemisphere and are sometimes seen in Virgin Islands waters.

The Environmental Association of St. Thomas-St. John sponsors whale watching tours each winter. The first of 2012  is scheduled for Monday, February 20.  Additional sails are set for Feb. 27 and March 6, the Virgin Islands Daily News reported.

According to the association, the humpback whale migrates as many as 15,500 miles.  It spends the winter and sporing in the warm Caribbean waters while breeding and birthing calves.  Whales can be 35 to 50 feet long and weigh as much as 80,000 pounds.

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Of course, the cruises don't come with a guarantee.  But sighting the mammals is not unheard of.  Just ask Jennifer Dale and Ginny Westrick, both of whom spotted whales a few years ago off Coral Bay.

The 60-foot catamaran, Spirit of St. Christopher, can accommodate as many as 60 people.  It will depart the National Park dock at Red Hook at 8:30 a.m.

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