Mother whale and her baby.
In Nosy Be’a area during the southern winter, whale female take care of their baby.
The small new whale is about 4 meters big for more than 600kg. He never moves away from his mother.
A female Humpback can often be seen teaching her calf to breach.
The baby whale is breaching the water with amazing acrobatic abilities.
He’s able to perform spectacular jumps.
Mr Guglielmo Ferraresi aboard our “Alcione” boat has filmed these magnificent moments of tenderness between a whale mother and her baby.
Breaching, breaths, tendrils, the small calf is learning in front of his mother. It turns on itself before coming out of the water.
In the pic below, we notice the pectoral fin of the protective mother who guides her calf.
The baby whale goes under his mother to feed. During this step, part of the daily 40 liters breast milk will be swallowed. The humpback whale milk is very fatty and nutritious.
This will allow him to gain weight very quickly and face the long travel back to Antarctica.
Our daily whale watching and our catamaran cruises north to Nosy Mitsio and south to Radama islands offer magnificent opportunities to observe humpback whales.
The drone video below includes a breastfeeding sequence as well as a moving scene or mother whale guide her calf in the big ocean.