The humpback whale season 2013

This year's humpback whale season, now over, has been good. We've encountered a lot more mothers and calves than last year and in various spots; both in the north and on the west coast. There has also been reported sightings on the east coast of Mauritius.

We've increased our photo identification catalog with quite a few new flukes and are now in the phase of comparing them with existing photos, to see how many new individuals we'll find.

The humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) is migrating to tropical seas during the austral winter to mate and give birth before returning to Antarctic feeding grounds in summer. They are generally sighted in Mauritian shallow waters (15m +) from July to October/November.