There is still an opportunity…
Between July and October, tourists or residents of Panama can have the opportunity to live a great experience at sea. It’s about whale watching.
During those months, you can enjoy a unique and enjoyable tour by watching the beautiful and substantial humpback whales; during their migratory season. This occurs on the Panamanian coast of the Pacific Ocean.
A fascinating fact is that more than 2,000 whales make the journey from the South Pole to reach a peaceful Panamanian, and millions of tourists enjoy it.
The humpback whale
It’s a kind of mystical cetacean. They are substantial aquatic mammals and are called humpback whales because they have a hump on the dorsal fin; this is the fin above, precisely in the middle of the back.
Adults can measure between 12 and 16 meters and weigh approximately 36,000 kilos. These vast whales eat krill and small fish.
Beginning of the long voyage of the whales
The journey of the whales begins in the Northern and Southern Hemisphere, and in order to have their young, they arrive in Panama after a trip of more than 12 thousand kilometers. Also, to reproduce. Without a doubt, Panama provides them with a perfect ecosystem.
The areas where these marine giants can be seen are Los Santos, Herrera, and the Gulf of Chiriquí. This is because of the different streams of water that are produced. However, they are not the only places.
Why do whales arrive in Panama?
These waters have the ideal temperature for whales to become mothers. Besides, it is a place where they can be safe from predators. It even becomes the right place for whales to teach their young to swim well before returning.
It is interesting to know that the young whales, that is, the whales, are born with very little fat. Then they gradually get fatter; usually, after five weeks is a long enough time.
After the young are strengthened, it is time to make a new migration, passing through the Latin American coasts of South America and eventually reaching Antarctica.
Recommendations for observing whales and their offspring
It is essential that if you are going to witness this fantastic event that only happens for a few months of the year, you must take certain precautions.
– Don’t get too close to whales.
– The most recommended distance is to be 250 meters away from them.
– Turn off the boat.
– Do not get into the water (for diving or swimming).
– It would help if you didn’t chase them.
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