Today is Leeuwi our baby Humpback’s first month birthday! As we left the marina we soon sighted off in the distance little Leeuwi and his mum who started to move straight towards us. One month ago on the 28th of June we sighted Leeuwi who was only a few hours old and since then have had the joy of watching him reach his first month of life. After coming over to say hello Leeuwi then decided to celebrate his first month birthday with us by breaching!!!!
What a wonderful moment it was to see him breaching and this is a fantastic sign that he is feeling strong and has plenty of energy to practice these Humpback behaviours. He even practiced a couple of head lunges and when he and his mum swam only a few meters behind our vessel you could clearly hear the rhythm and strength in his breathing which is absolutely brilliant, Leeuwi is looking stronger than ever before!
Such a special day as later on in the tour we met a Southern Right mother and calf who were enjoying the attention they were receiving from the Murdoch University Cetacean Research Unit who have started studying them over the last few days. Both mother and calf played around on the surface with the mother rolling onto her back at one point and “holding” her baby in a very human like hug!
Date – 28.7.16
Species – Humpback
Lat – 34 . 26. 62 Long – 115 . 11 . 40
Notes – Mother of Leeuwi, right flank 3 white dots