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Listen to the song of the whales

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From December to May, during mating and calving season, you can watch and listen to the humpback whales that come to give birth in the Caribbean's warm, calm waters.

Going out to meet humpback whales and their young calves is possible by embarking on a research boat with naturalist guides. If you're lucky, you can get close to these huge marine animals.

Giants 12-16 metres long, weighing 25-45 tonnes, they are easily recognisable by their black backs and humps in front of the dorsal fin. Present in several locations on the island, including Porte d'Enfer, Pointe des Chateaux, and Great Vigie, they arrive in December to mate and/or give birth, and leave in May for the cold waters of the north Atlantic, when the calves reach two to three months. They head back north, to New England, to look for krill, a mix primarily of small shrimp and herring, and then they return the following year to again give birth and mate, which allows scientists to identify them and to better understand their habits.

You may be surprised by the courtship ritual, wherein the males, who are very demonstrative, jump and ‘stand' vertically, while emitting a very strange song…

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