FREAK OUT IS WHAT I WOULD DO! WHILE STAYING STILL AND CALM OF COURSE. (Photos and tour by Matt Robson.)
this last weekend, a group of kayakers with Maui Kayak Adventures got legitimately FREAKED-OUT by a curious humpback whale. Departing from Makena in south Maui, these nature-lovers paddled out with a guide to enjoy the beauty of Maui from the water, get a little exercise, and do some snorkeling. What they didn’t expect was a playful juvenile humpback following them and forcing them to stop completely (this is called being “mugged”). (reported by Maui, Hawaii)
The surprised guests got to experience some whale behavior rarely witnessed directly next to a kayak:
- Spy Hop – This is when a whale moves its body vertically and pokes just it’s head out of the water so that it can use its exposed eyes to assess the area around them.
- Pek Slap – This is sort of like if you laid along the surface of the water and slapped your arm.
- Breach – No, they didn’t breach next to the kayak! Haha! Humpbacks seem to be well-aware of their surroundings and wouldn’t put themselves or others in harm’s way. That being said:
It’s important to note that you should never approach a humpback whale this closely. It’s illegal and could be dangerous. In this instance, the guests we’re treated with the close encounter by surprise. If a whale comes to you, stay calm, stop moving and enjoy being mugged!
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