It’s not all about the babies though! Cabo is, after all the breeding grounds for these whales, and if you’re lucky, you’ll be able to witness the full gamut of humpback courtship rituals! The most exciting of these is definitely the heat run, where a group of males start chasing after a female, competing for the right to breed with her. The males will lunge at each other and try to dominate, determined to outlast all to get the girl.
A more gentler side can be seen with a courting couple, where a male and female whale are pretty much out on a date – having fun, getting to know each other, and yes, still trying to impress each other! Lots of breaches and pec slaps and tail lobs to show off how cool they are! Hopefully there’ll be more babies on the way soon!
The displays and behaviors of the humpback whale in their wintering grounds around Cabo is definitely an experience not to be missed! And it’s all the more amazing when you realise that the whales are not feeding while they are in the nursery and breeding areas. They are sustaining themselves purely from their blubber stores, while enjoying the warm waters of Cabo. However, after fun in the winter sun, and checking out the spring breakers, it will soon be time for the whales to head back up to their feeding grounds in Alaska, new babies in tow.
Intrigued by the humpbacks? Inspired to see them in real life? Join Dive Ninjas on one of our eco friendly whale watching tours!