I have to say, this definitely is one of my most favorite things to write each year … The whales are here!!!
Each year, during the months of January, February or March, 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 (how lucky are they!), and they do so in order to build up a layer of blubber that will keep them warm in colder waters.
Caribbean Buzz Helicopters posted the picture above yesterday, although they did not say specifically where in the area the whales were seen. There was also a sighting earlier this week just south of Ram Head on St. John’s southeastern shore. Gosh, I’m so excited!!
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 us immediately at [email protected], so we can see them too.
Here are a few pics taken in years past by Mr. Steve Simonsen:
Happy whale watching!