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Thread: Whales have arrived in the Punta Cana area!

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    Default Whales have arrived in the Punta Cana area!

    A reliable source informs me that humpback whales were spotted from a boat yesterday. Guess which direction I'll be looking in for the next few days...

    Welcome home!

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    Please keep us posted. Can't wait to see them again this year.

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    just wondering why the whales were in Punta Cana since I thought that the NE Family comes from Norway and Quebec to Samana? Well, I guess that PC and Samana are just a tail flip away for them.

    If there is an expat here who has NOT gone up to see them-- you are missing one of the great life experiences! Do plan on going this year.

    Anyone know what the Cruise ship schedules are? I think it would be very uncomfortable to go out on a day when one of those ships dumps its thousands of folks ...
    Guess you could call Kim Bedall at Victoria Marine-- who is really the only one to go with on your first trip since she has lots of scientists aboard who can answer questions.

    The DR is the birthplace of ALL the North east Atlantic humpbacks. Even if you have seen whales in the north, if you have not been to Samana, you have not seen the little ones as they learn to dive,

    There are really two trips every year which will give you a different view of them.. when they first arrive they are cavorting and mating.. then after the little ones are born, they spend about a month learning to dive

    Humpbacks are baleen whales meaning they have a sort of seive arrangement for teeth -- and there is no food for them here. So they migrate and fast for 6 months,

    These mammals grow to 52 feet, live about 50 years, and are an ENDAGERED SPECIES

    The trip out on the bay - for either a morning or afternoon -- is a lovely day trip from LT.

    This--- in my opinion -- is the PREMIER tourist attraction of the DR

    I always regret it if I miss seeing them each year

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    For the past several years we've seen dozens of them swim up and down the Punta Cana / Bavaro coast. Not as many as in Samana but there's a group that goes back and forth on a daily basis. I'm definitely planning on going up to Samana to see them this year!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KateP View Post
    For the past several years we've seen dozens of them swim up and down the Punta Cana / Bavaro coast. Not as many as in Samana but there's a group that goes back and forth on a daily basis. I'm definitely planning on going up to Samana to see them this year!
    I wonder why they are doing that?

    Anyone fluent in Humpback who can ask them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountainannie View Post
    I wonder why they are doing that?

    Anyone fluent in Humpback who can ask them?
    People have seen them feeding in this area so I would guess they're finding a good source of food... I'll ask them when I see them :P

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    Cool. That's a good boost to PC tourism. I havent seen a whale up close lol

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    Do any of the restaurants in that area serve whale meat???
    It's very good.I ate it all the time when I was in Japan.
    Next to "Stewed Cat",Whale is the BEST!
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    Quote Originally Posted by KateP View Post
    People have seen them feeding in this area so I would guess they're finding a good source of food... I'll ask them when I see them :P
    If that's the case, they may be the only ones eating Dominican seafood.

    I certainly hope they don't get cholera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountainannie View Post
    just wondering why the whales were in Punta Cana since I thought that the NE Family comes from Norway and Quebec to Samana? Well, I guess that PC and Samana are just a tail flip away for them.

    If there is an expat here who has NOT gone up to see them-- you are missing one of the great life experiences! Do plan on going this year.

    Anyone know what the Cruise ship schedules are? I think it would be very uncomfortable to go out on a day when one of those ships dumps its thousands of folks ...
    Guess you could call Kim Bedall at Victoria Marine-- who is really the only one to go with on your first trip since she has lots of scientists aboard who can answer questions.

    The DR is the birthplace of ALL the North east Atlantic humpbacks. Even if you have seen whales in the north, if you have not been to Samana, you have not seen the little ones as they learn to dive,

    There are really two trips every year which will give you a different view of them.. when they first arrive they are cavorting and mating.. then after the little ones are born, they spend about a month learning to dive

    Humpbacks are baleen whales meaning they have a sort of seive arrangement for teeth -- and there is no food for them here. So they migrate and fast for 6 months,

    These mammals grow to 52 feet, live about 50 years, and are an ENDAGERED SPECIES

    The trip out on the bay - for either a morning or afternoon -- is a lovely day trip from LT.

    This--- in my opinion -- is the PREMIER tourist attraction of the DR

    I always regret it if I miss seeing them each year

    When is the typical time window in which the whales are at PC/Samana? I would love to make that trip to see them!

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