Tom could hear a humpback mother and calf from his house. The humpbacks migrate from Alaska down to Hawaii for the winter. I always thought they were chasing food, but no. They don’t eat while on winter vacation. They merely give birth and then head back up to colder waters come spring.
Tom had no photo of mother and child but I do. The above photo of a humpback mother and her calf, blowing its air hole, is from my summer vacation in Alaska in 2007. We were so lucky not only to follow this mother and calf and the calf’s antics (constantly slapping the surface of the water), but we also got the rare treat of seeing humpbacks bubble net feed. You can see more whale photos from my Alaska trip here.
I find it a bit amusing and rather fitting that today of all days, I post about a mother and child. I’m not Christian, and can hardly be called sentimental when it comes to babies, but even I am moved by the beauty and tenderness of the story of the baby Jesus. The beauty and tenderness is echoed in any mother and child, including humpback whales.
PS: Edited. There is no such thing as a hunchback whale. Thanks, Tom!