Maui Whale Watch

I haven’t had much time since my return from spring break to get my photos posted (it’s testing season at school), but don’t worry, there are many to come!  This trip was a pseudo high school reunion for my friends Samantha, Shara and me.  Samantha and I set off from Ohio to spend a week visiting Shara and her husband who live in Maui and I couldn’t have asked for a better spring break adventure. I’ll start with our first day in Maui for this blog post, which I posted a preview of while I was there..  Our first morning there, (with jet-lag’s assistance for a somewhat early wake-up) we went to Maaelea Bay and took a whale watch cruise with the Pacific Whale Foundation.  I was very impressed with how they do tours and how informative the guides are throughout the watch.  I think my favorite part was when they put a microphone into the water below us and we were able to hear the whales singing below the surface of where we were.  I also enjoyed that we saw a brand new calf often (though he/she didn’t show off much for photos) and quite a few pairs of whales.  I just found this video someone took in February in the same area (silly me forgot my drone equipment to better capture the event!), so check this guy’s video out if you’d like to see what it looks like from above.  A big thank you goes out to Shara and Mike for loaning me their zoom lens and polarized filter so I could get optimal photos of the whales!

Here are a few highlights from the expedition.  Hope you enjoy them!

 

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Our Mode of Transport that morning

Samantha and I hanging out on the boat.

Samantha and I hanging out on the boat.

The sugar cane field burning as we left the bay.

View of the sugar cane field burning as we left the bay.

 

The only whale spout that I captured that day.

The only whale spout that I captured that day.

Oh how I love sunbeams.

Oh how I love sunbeams.

I love how her side flipper looks turquoise underwater.

I love how her white side flipper looks turquoise underwater.

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Here's a glimpse of the itty-bitty baby (that probably weighed about a ton when we saw it!).

Here’s a glimpse of the itty-bitty baby (that probably weighed about a ton when we saw it!).

 

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I loved the background of this.  The mountains in Western Maui are really beautiful.

I loved the background of this. The mountains in Western Maui are really beautiful.

 

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Love seeing the details on the tail fin.

Love seeing the details on the tail fin.

 

I already posted this one in the preview, but since it's my favorite from the day, I'm posting it again.  :)

I already posted this one in the preview, but since it’s my favorite from the day, I’m posting it again. 🙂

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