8 hours ago
Having a whale of a time in the waters of tonga.
each year in the southern hemisphere, humpback whales migrate from their feeding grounds near the cold waters of antarctica to the warm waters of tonga to mate and give birth. they can typically be seen here between july and september. the shallow waters between islands offer protection for the calves and acts as a nursery, while the deeper eaters are ideal for mating.
female humpback whales reach s****l maturity around 6-8 years of age. typically, the females get pregnant in warm waters in the winter, travel north for the summer, and return to these warm waters to give birth 11 months later. a newborn calf is 12-15 ft (3.5-4.5 m) long, and weighs approximately 1.5 tons. calves will travel with their mothers for one year, during which time they will drink 150+ gallons (560+ liters) of milk per day and gain 100+ pounds each day. on the journey back to warm waters in the winter, the calves will become independent of their mothers and begin their own lives, leaving the mothers free to take care of new calves.
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