HUMPBACK WHALE AND WHALE CALF
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Whale watching season in Bermuda -March through to April- bring nearly 10,000 humpback whales to our waters. Bermuda lies halfway between the humpback’s whales’ feeding ground in the western North Atlantic and their wintering and breeding grounds in the Caribbean. The Bermuda Whale project has seen young calves with their mother, which could indicate a re-colonization of Bermuda waters as both a breeding ground and birthing ground.
For centuries, Bermuda’s survival as a colony depended on whaling at its product: meat, leather, and blubber. In true Bermuda spirit, a historian notes, “boat crews were treated to rum punch at the end of the day, regardless of whether they had brought in a whale.” In 1940 and 1942, the last two humpback whales were hunted and killed in Bermuda.
Now locals and tourists alike excitedly venture to watch these playful beasts from boats and shorelines in hopes to see a breach or blow spout