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Marine Life Fun Facts - Humpback Whale Communication

Part Two of our series on the beautiful song of the Humpback Whale
August 27, 2014

whale communication

By Captain Dave

As we mentioned in our previous "whale song" blog, Humpback Whales sing amazing songs while in our waters, seemingly using their internal orchestra to communicate with other whales in the area. While these songs are regarded as a form of communication, many wonder if they could also be considered a true form of language which only these magnificent mammals understand. Here is what we do know:

  • The ever evolving whale song has been found beyond our Hawaiian waters; including whales found migrating to place as far flung as Baja and Japan. This implies long distance communication between whales over thousands of miles.
  • The prevailing theory for this long distance sharing of song is the possibility of whales visiting Hawaiian waters passing the song on to others while visiting these far flung breeding grounds.
  • With the exception of these "passed down" songs, most whales will have a song unique to their population (i.e. Whales in the North Atlantic will sing a different tune than those here in Hawaii.) 
  • While still theorized to be a form of communication for whales searching for a prospective mate, recent research has shown males generally approach other males mid-song.
  • Whale songs are also believed to imply territoriality, as singers will generally keep a distance of approximately 1/2 mile from other singers.

As research continues, we will update you with any new findings in this very important area of humpback whale behavior. Of course, if you would like to experience the sights and sounds of our wonderful guests for yourself, consider booking one of our Maui whale watch tours or sunset dinner cruises during whale season for a chance at observing the habits of these wonderful creatures in person!

Blogs for August 2014

Marine Life Fun Facts - Humpback Whale Communication

Posted on August 27, 2014

By Captain Dave

As we mentioned in our previous "whale song" blog, Humpback Whales sing amazing songs while in our waters, seemingly using their internal orchestra to communicate with other whales in the area. While these songs are regarded as a form of communication, many wonder if they could… Continue Reading

Marine Life Fun Facts - Whale Song

Posted on August 21, 2014


By Captain Dave

As just about anyone who has joined us on one of our Maui whale watch adventures can attest; humpback whales are known to sing beautifully throughout their stay in Hawaii's waters. Here are a few fun facts on the hows and whys of these fabulous underwater… Continue Reading

Marine Life fun Facts - Baby Humpback Whales

Posted on August 14, 2014

By Captain Dave


Did you know . . .

Baby humpback whales enjoy their time in their mothers' womb; developing for an estimated 11 to 12 months before birth. At birth, humpback whales are "only" 12-14 feet long. Newborns also tip the scales at a weight of "just" 1 - 1… Continue Reading

Even More Marine Life Fun Facts

Posted on August 07, 2014


By Captain Dave

Did you know . . .

Humpback whales are naturally solitary animals. Humpbacks do not mate for life, and are therefore not thought to be monogamous creatures. Along with their suspected promiscuity, Humpback whale father are also suspected to play no defined parental role in the raising… Continue Reading

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