July 11- An amazing day with 5 humpbacks for 5 hours. They showed us a lot of pectoral fin waving, tails and a few full body, out of the water jumps. Two of them surfaced next to our drifting boat and rolled their bodies so they could look at us in the air. Amazing to see their intelligent eyes gazing at us. They ended up by two of them coming literally 2 feet from the boat and diving under us!
July 12- We found 3 humpbacks right away and spent some time with them. One of them came quite close several times and swam under our boat twice with her white belly up so we could see her very clearly in the clear tropical waters as she passed under and next to us. Then we found a mother and baby humpbacks who came quite close to the boat, and then we could hear them vocalizing under the water. Their voices were so loud we could hear them outside the water from the boat deck!
July 13- We started out with what appeared to be 2 female humpbacks who were being wooed by a male. The humpbacks come from Antarctica this time of year to breed and give birth.We spent an hour or so with them. We heard some grunting sounds one of them made when he came to the surface. Then we had quite a dilemma. I spotted some dolphins nearby also. We had whales to the right and dolphins to the left. Which way to go? I love this kind of problem!! We chose the dolphins as we had spent time with the whales already and it was fun as the dolphins allowed us to swim with them and many came quite close in the water and we could see and hear their whistles and clicks all around us. At one point as we stopped to drift for lunch on the sea and the whales and dolphins were off in the distance. One of my guests and I took a refreshing swim to simply float and enjoy the feeling of being supported by the sea. She commented on how she was so relaxed floating she could not even feel her body. We headed back to the boat for lunch. I was the last one out and had just climbed onto the boat when I turned around and looked behind the boat to see 5 spotted dolphins heading straight towards us about 20 feet back. I quickly grabbed my mask and slipped into the water to see them swim right past me and one of them roll to really look at me. Later that day we found the same mother and baby humpback that hangs out between Contadora and Chapera islands and we spent some time with them. One of my guests had said earlier in the day that she wanted to see a shark. She is a powerful manifester as that afternoon we saw a shark swimming on the surface past the boat. There are small and harmless white tipped reef and nurse sharks in the area.