humpback whales mating and calving

From: Erich Hoyt (
Date: Wed Feb 06 2002 - 08:33:01 EST

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Message text written by "jayjeano"

Do humpback whales mate in Alaska and migrate to Hawaii/Maui to give birth
or do they mate in HI?


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Humpback whales are usually busy feeding in Alaska and it is thought that
they court each other, mate, give birth and raise their calves largely in
the waters of Hawaii. However, some of this, for example some of the mating
and some of the births, may even occur while travelling enroute to Hawaii,
but no one knows for sure.

Besides Alaska, humpback whales in the North Pacific also feed off British
Columbia. ANd besides Hawaii, the mating and calving grounds are found off
Mexico, and off southern Japan.


Erich Hoyt

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