Listen to the song of the whales

Listen to the song of the whales

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.

These 12-16-metre-long giants, weighing 25-45 tonnes, 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, at the heart of mating season, 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 give birth and mate again, which allows scientists to identify them and to better understand their habits.

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