Maui: The Whale Post

Today Walter and I joined about 50 other whale watchers on a Pacific Whale Foundation two-hour tour in the waters between west Maui and the island of Lana’i. This time of year there are probably around 1000 whales in the waters of the Hawaiian islands. It’s like a big orgy of conception and birth in these waters. Talk about potent energy!

Walter is content and ready to oooh and ahhh at the whales.

Walter is content and ready to oooh and ahhh at the whales.

Wouldn’t you want to give birth and/or mate in these warm, 76-degree waters, as opposed to the cold waters of Alaska? Apparently these humpback whales choose the Hawaiian islands for their mating and birthing process during these January – March months because of the warm water temperature, but also because the waters here aren’t as deep as other places and new baby humpbacks are learning to hold their breath underwater and these shallow waters are great environments for practice.

Here are the best photographs I took from our tour. I am delighted that we not only saw mommas and babies (including a mother whale nursing!), but one big whale surfaced right next to the boat.

These koholas (whales in Hawaiian) are curious, friendly, and so expressive!

What a powerful, sacred experience to be so close to these amazing, intelligent creatures who are part of the Cetacean Nation of the Hawaiian Islands.



Mama and baby…



This brave, curious humpback decided to swim right under our boat and surface next to us!

Some blowing and splashing off in the distance.

Some blowing and splashing off in the distance.


About Courtney Putnam

I first came to healing work through art and writing. Creating collage art and poetry in particular allowed me to deeply understand the benefit of self-expression in the healing process. But, I also began to see the benefit of bodywork (manual work in the form of massage and energywork in the form of Reiki) as keys to unlocking the emotional stresses we hold in our bodies. I became a Reiki practitioner in 2002, received an MFA in Creative Writing in 2003, received my massage license in the spring of 2006, and became a Reiki Master in 2010. In my practice I bring together these three areas -- the body, the mind, and the spirit (or energy body) -- so others may experience profound and positive change in their lives.
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