The coast of Ecuador has the privilege of seeing the grandiose humpback whales as they follow their course of migration. My family and I have been whale watching almost every year of our residence in Ecuador, and every time we are stunned by their beauty. Humpback whales are 52 feet long (16 meters) and weigh 50 tons. Yet, they move with ease in the water. The reasons for breaching, singing songs, and lob-tailing (slapping the water with their tail) is still unknown to man. What we do know, is that watching these creatures never ceases to amaze.
My family and I pack our lunch and travel to a town 2 hours away, where we get on a small boat and start heading for the open ocean. Our experienced guide has the incredible ability to find the whales quite quickly. We have seen mothers swimming with their calves, many breaching whales, and whales lob-tailing. Each time we have had truly wonderful experiences. Then, we go to a nearby island and swim and snorkel. We discover the snakes and crabs that live on the beach. And on the way home we enjoy breaded fish made at a local Ecuadorian restaurant. All in all, it’s a pleasant day of enjoying the world’s wildlife.
Written by Ashley