Why Panama Whale Watching?
Are you looking for the perfect place for humpback whale watching? Whale watching in Panama is becoming the premier destination for a number of reasons. Watching humpback whales can be one of the most excited species to watch. There are many benefits to watching humpbacks in Panama. Panama whale watching – because of it’s location, Panama is one of the few places in the world that humpback whales migrate to from both the Northern and Southern hemisphere.
Why Watch Humpback Whales in Panama?
While migrating, Humpback Whales can travel as much as 25,000 km (16,000 miles) in a year, making them one of the most traveled mammals. They feed only in the summer mostly off of small fish and krill and then live off their fat reserves in the winter. They migrate to areas such as Panama for breeding and giving birth. Pregnancy lasts 11 to twelve months, and the average female gives birth to a calf every two (2) to three (3) years. There have never been any reports of a female being seen with more than one calf.
At birth, a Humpback calf is usually about 3.75 meters – 4.5 meters (13 to 15 feet) long, and grow about 45 cm (1-1/2 ft) a month. Mothers nurse the calves for up to a year and refuse to abandon their calves even in extreme danger. Whalers used to take advantage of this by killing the calf so that the mother would stay and they could, in turn, kill her too.
Because of their distinct body shape, Humpback whales are easy to spot with their long pectoral fins and knobby heads. They are popular with whale watchers because they are known for distinctive surface behaviors and surface breaching when they come to the surface of the water to breathe.
Panama is one of the world’s best places to book your humpback whale watching adventure, and start Panama whale watching!