Puerto Vallarta Whale watching reviews for the month of February, 2014. The 2014 Vallarta Whale watching season has been really wonderful with many amazing encounters with the Humpback Whales that call Puerto Vallarta and the Bay of Banderas home each year during the Whale watching season from December through March. Whale Watch Vallarta is pleased to offer the month of February wrapped up in our Puerto Vallarta Whale watching review.
To review the basics, the Humpbacks return to the place of their birth, here in the Bay of Banderas, Puerto Vallarta, each year to find a mate or to give birth. Females tend to get pregnant every second year. Female Humpbacks that became pregnant during the 2013 Vallarta Whale watching season have returned, after about 11 months of gestation, to give birth to their new baby Humpback whale in the warm and sheltered waters of Banderas Bay.
So the pregnant mother whales are busy giving birth (there have been 11 confirmed births so far this season here in Puerto Vallarta) and then caring for their new born 1500 pound, 12 foot long bundle of joy! The baby Humpback will grow about 100 pounds per day, feeding exclusively from the mothers mammary glands – that is an excellerated growth rate!
Meanwhile, what are the reviews on the male Humpback Whales activity in Puerto Vallarta? Well, Humpbacks are a unique species of Whale when it comes to mating. Once a female Humpback has gone into a state of readiness to mate, she attracts the attention of the males in the area. This is done by overt physical display (pec slapping, tail slapping, breaching), auditory signals (whales communicate underwater through sound) and even by the excretion of pheromones in the water – like whale perfume that drives the males to heightened states of excitement.
During the 2014 Puerto Vallarta Whale watching season, we have reviewed our tour stats and found that this was an excellent year for observing Humpback Whale mating activity. The boys have been busy!
But what is Humpback Whale mating activity? To resume our review of the Humpbacks mating strategy…
Once the males arrive in the vicinity of the female – she takes off. The male Humpbacks follow her in what we call a Heat Run. During this time the males are jockeying for position, there is body rubbing and aggressive physical contact between the male Humpbacks as they compete for the opportunity to mate – consider it the female examining and giving each whale a review of their suitability to be the father of her offspring.
We are looking forward to more amazing Whale encounters in March. March is typified by baby Humpback Whales growing in strength and often this results in what can only be described as ‘joyous’ activity. The baby Humpbacks can be the most active of the group, learning what it is to be a Humpback Whale and showing off for Mother Whale and our lucky Guests.
So – the overall impression of February’s Puerto Vallarta Whale watching in review? We had many mating competitions and have encountered numerous Mother and Baby Humpback Whale pairs in the Bay of Banderas. It has been a wonderful month of February with sunny days filled with amazing Whale encounters, happy and excited Guests and if you would like to read our Guests reviews of Whale Watch Vallarta and Elisa’s Marine Biologist led Whale and Dolphin watching tours, follow this link to our Trip Advisor page for Puerto Vallarta Whale watching reviews for the month of February, 2014.Share