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Whale Watching in Hawaii - It's the Ocean's Way of Blowing Your Mind

Hawaii is a place of peace, relaxation, excitement, joy, wonder, beauty, and love. One would not expect to find the "loneliest whale in the world" in such a fun-loving, romantic tropical paradise. Nonetheless, a whale that goes by this moniker has been mystifying researchers by popping up in various locations around the Pacific ocean, roughly following the migration patterns of other large whales, such as Humpbacks.

Before you get too alarmed at the whale's plight, researchers do not actually have any reason to believe that this individual is in any distress, the tagline merely originated due to the whale's unique sonic signature. While other large whales communicate with sounds in the 15-20 hertz range, this single individual calls at the unusual frequency of 52-hertz.

Researchers speculate that this whale is either a hybrid, or has some unknown mutation that causes this disparity, making it unable to communicate with other whales. To date, the species of this whale is unidentified, and the individual that produces these mysterious communications hasn't been seen or photographed, despite having been recorded and tracked regularly since the late 1980s.

While it would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience to encounter this whale, your whale watching adventures in Hawaii are much more likely to include many beautiful sightings of the much more common Humpback Whale. The Humpback Whale may not be as big as the colossal Blue Whale, but it still comes in at a remarkable 45 tons.

Every winter these whales migrate between 3000-4000 miles from their summer feeding grounds near the Arctic, in order to mate and breed off the Hawaii coastline. These gentle giants are a treasured part of life to the Hawaiian people. With lifespans of 40-50 years, many of the very same whales migrate back to Hawaii year after year, akin to a homecoming.

Thanks in part to the sheer beauty of these creatures and human curiosity, there is a wide variety of whale watching cruises available across Hawaii. If you are intent on whale watching during your Hawaii stay, plan your trip accordingly to overlap with the peak viewing season of November through May. Humpback Whales are specifically protected by the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, which is jointly run by the State of Hawaii and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Humpbacks aren't the only cetacean visitors to our waters. Last viewing season, four rare Killer Whales were spotted off the Hawaiian coastline. Photographers were able to capture the first rare underwater footage of these whales in Hawaiian waters. While not of the same genus, but similar in characteristics, False Killer Whales are much more commonly spotted around Hawaii; however, in 2012 the Hawaiian False Killer Whale population was recognized as endangered. There is no time like the present to book your Hawaii whale watching adventure for the 2014 viewing season. It would truly be remarkable if those same four Killer Whales made a rare cameo appearance again this year!

These are only some of the natural wonders you can see if you go on an ocean outing from the Big Island. The Pacific Ocean teems with all sorts of life, including manta rays, corals, crustaceans, a cornucopia of tropical fish and more!

So don't delay - reserve your Hawaii vacation package today and come see it all for yourself!