We spotted some False Killer Whales in Maalaea Bay. What a treat? They are the third largest member of the oceanic dolphin family and they live in temperate and tropical waters throughout the world. As its name implies, the false killer whale shares characteristics, such as appearance, with the more widely known Orca or Killer Whale. These whales tend to form strong social bonds and are usually found in groups of ten to twenty. They are a very rare sighting as their numbers have been declining over the years. Researchers estimate that there are less then 300 left in Hawaiian waters.
Both the Four Winds II and the Maui Magic came across a massive pod of about 70 spinner dolphins on Wednesday’s trips. They were cruising the bay from Molokini Crater all the way along the south Maui coast. It was an amazing sight to see!
We say farewell for now to our friends from up north, as they travel back to the Alaskan waters to fill their belly’s with krill. They have astounded us yet again this winter, with their graceful and joyful behavior. We had another tremendous whale season here in Maalaea Bay, with both the Four Winds II and the Maui Magic having some of the best whale shows we have ever seen. We are always sad to see them go. Fortunately for us, they’ll be back in November for more fun in the warm Hawaiian waters.