Humpback Whale Watching in Mauritius

Humpback whales migrate to Mauritius to mate and have their young.


Humpbacks are a baleen species, mature males can be 15 metres long and weigh 50 tons. They can live up to 60 years and are known for their unique song, particulary the males during the breeding season.

Most of the time we find them close to the shore, where the females find shelter with their babies. Males are often and counted further offshore.

These amazing whales can travel up to 25000 km per year, when they migrate between polar seas to feed and Mauritius to breed.

Humpback whales don't have teeth, they have baleen which they use to filter feed on small fish and crustaceans from the sea.

They are encountered in Mauritius only during winter time, from May until September.

Commecially hunted for many years, before the moratorium of 1966, the global Humpback population fell by an estimated 90%.

Today, scientists estimate the rebounding population of Humpback whales is about 80 000.

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