Each year from July to November, French Polynesia welcomes a large population of humpback whales that come to breed or give birth in its waters. It is thus common to encounter females and their calf or even singing males courting females.
The humpback whale is the largest whale in the Pacific, measuring up to 16m in length and weighing up to 40 tons. With a dark back and an often fair belly, it is recognizable by its hunchbacked back as well as its large pectoral fins which can reach 4m. Its observation is authorized in French Polynesia from boats but also in the water, according to a very strict regulation, essential for the animal’s welfare.
Humpback whales are often identified thanks to their blows, a cloud of air and water drops projected from their blowhole, measuring up to 3m, easily spotted from a distance.
Many thanks to Moorea Ocean Adventures for this selection of photos!