The Humpbacks are Back!
We have some wonderful news to share! The magnificent humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) have returned for their four-to five-month long stay in the waters of Saba, St. Eustatius and St. Maarten, which are located in a key humpback breeding area. After feeding in the cold Artic waters throughout summer, humpback whales migrate south to the Caribbean each winter to breed and give birth. They populate the waters of our windward islands each year from around January to May. Occasionally (sub- adult) Humpbacks are also spotted o the coast of Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao, but much less frequently (Aruba Marine Mammal Foundation, STINAPA Bonaire, Southern Caribbean Cetacean Network Foundation).
This news article was published in BioNews 22
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