It's time for whale and calf watching!

👤 Luisa Silva
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📅 February 9, 2023
Nuquí, a whale paradise

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Some say that the whales are Colombian, since they travel 8,500 kilometers from Antarctica to the warm Pacific Ocean where their calves, the calves, are born. This spectacle of nature can only be appreciated during the season from June to October in Nuquí, Bahia Solano, Gorgona National Natural Park and Uramba Bahia Malaga National Natural Park, in Colombia. If you dare to live this experience, we tell you some curiosities about humpback whales and their calves so you can go well informed to observe them:

Preparing for the trip

Before starting their journey from Antarctica, humpback whales prepare themselves by eating up to 1 ton of fish and plankton daily. They must eat these daily amounts to survive their long journey and to be prepared for nursing their calf.

They dance to make their partners fall in love with them

During the mating season, the males delight the females with their song that lasts between 15 to 20 minutes, placing themselves on their backs and submerging several meters into the water, they emit these songs that attract females for mating.

How long does whale pregnancy last?

The pregnancy of a humpback whale lasts approximately 12 months and when its calf is born, it ingests up to six hundred liters of milk per day; and it could double its weight in a week, fantastic, don't you think!

One big family

Adult humpback whales weigh between twenty-five and forty tons and can reach up to eighteen meters in length, and to surprise you even more, the females will always be the largest of the clan. But don't worry, when a calf is born it is only 4 meters long, a very small character among its family, don't you think?

Hunting Prohibited

Until a few years ago, whales were highly threatened by commercial whaling, bringing their species almost to the brink of extinction, but now with the new global protection laws, whale populations are gradually regenerating.

Colombia the home of the Yubartas whales

Colombia is part of the International Whaling Commission since 2010, creating the law 1348 of 2009 and a protection sentence in 2010. Colombia takes a defensive position against the lethal and extractive use of cetaceans.We hope that with this information you will be encouraged to watch the whales and their small calves. Remember that it is important that you make your contribution to the conservation of cetaceans, we know that with your help great changes will be achieved.

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