Humpback Whale Watching in Mauritius
The second one that we find often in Mauritius is the humpback whale.
From the baleen specie, the mature males can be 15 metres long and weigh 50 tons for the bigger specimens. They can live up to 60 years and produce a very special song, particulary the males during the breed season.
Most of the time we find them close to the shore, females staying with their babies and males alone. This amazing mammal can migrate up to 25000 km per year, they feed in the polar waters and come in Mauritius to breed.
Humpback whales don't have teeth, that's why they eat only very small fishes and krill, small kind of shrimps find in the polar waters.
They are present in Mauritius only in winter time, from may till september about.
Hunt during many years too, before the moratorium of 1966, the population fell by an estimate 90%.
Today, scientists estimate the population of humpback whales at about 80 000.
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