Do not disturb the mating Humpback Whales

When we watched David Attenborough’s program on BBC Nature about whales reproduction process, we didn’t even think for a moment that few months later we will see it real-life in the waters on Bahia Drake (Costa Rica).

The BBC film showed the whole process from various perspectives and it seemed to be quite calm. Frankly speaking, without watching this film, it would be really hard to imagine how whales DO IT. What can you expect from mammals which are up to 15 meters long and weight between 30 to 40 tons. I am not going to describe it here, just watch the film, if you need to dig into details… It is of very high educational value, even for kids, which will ask you whole tone of questions. For example we got a question:

– Dad, do people do it in a similar way…?

Humpback Whale mating, Costa Rica, photo by Grzegorz Kaminski
Humpback Whale mating, Costa Rica, photo by Grzegorz Kaminski

In Bahia Drake, we did not have to explain anything. We were just in the middle of the whole scene. It was not yet the tender loving scene. That was just the beggining… Three males chasing the female, swimming about 15km per hour. We could just experience this for a few blinks of the eye, but believe me – my adrenaline level grew up very quickly. We were really close and suddenly our boat seemed to be very, very small. My son – Greg – just managed to press the shutter button, whereas I started to record the scene on the camera. One picture, few seconds of film, but the memories of that event will stay with us for ever.

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