Grand Turk is not all about diving. There are fun activities to do on top of the water as well!
Check out these facts about the Humpback Whales (Megaptera novaeangliae), which can be spotted during a day trip from Bohio Dive Resort, located on the Turks and Caicos Island’s Grand Turk.
- Humpback Whales migrate every year to warm waters to mate and calve. Due to the fact that Turks and Caicos is within their migratory route, whale watching is one of the favorite activities of Bohio Dive Resort’s guests every mating season.
- You may observe their incredible “shows” – i.e., jumping out of the water, flipper and tail slapping as well as mother and calf together – between late January and early April. This is the ideal time to plan a vacation at Bohio Dive Resort because it’s wintertime in the northern hemisphere and the perfect time escape the cold.
- Humpback Whales belong to the Baleen species, meaning they pull nutrients from the water using specially adapted filter systems. They also have a life span of up to 50 years. Whale watching excursions run from late January to early April and offer the opportunity to view these incredible creature of the ocean. Visit www.bohioresort.com/play-whale-watching.html for more info.
- Humpback Whales feed close to coastlines. You are able to observe them right in front of you while sitting on the deck of Bohio Dive Resort’s bar deck sipping on your favorite beverage. It doesn’t get much better than this – anywhere.
- You can plan your whale watching excursion with the staff at Bohio Dive Resort. They will arrange to take you out on a boat to observe these gentle giants. You’ll be able to take pictures of the whales up close and the expert Boat Captains will provide you with all kinds of interesting information about these huge marine creatures.
- The more experienced divers can dive with Bohio’s diving staff to hear the male Humpback Whales “singing” their mating songs, as they try to befriend a female partner. Their “musical compositions” are long, varied, beautiful songs, which are highly complex and sometimes fairly eerie. They consist of recognizable sequences of squeaks, grunts and other sounds. Diving amongst these giants of the sea has been described by many guests at Bohio as a “humbling experience”.
- When migrating from the North Atlantic to the warm waters of the Caribbean, Humpback Whales travel over 5,000 miles (8047 kilometers) each year to mate.
For more information about our Whale packages visit: http://www.bohioresort.com/tours-activities/whale-watching