10 Breathtaking Pictures of Humpback Whales Underwater
Every year hundreds of humpback whales gather in the shallow, warm waters off the coast of the Vava'u Islands in Tonga to breed and raise their young. These protective waters provide comfort to the whales while also giving them a sense of community between their migrations to and from Antarctica.
While not all humpbacks engage in the annual migration to the warm waters of the South Pacific, many use this time as an opportunity to learn new skills and behaviours. Juvenile whales also join in on the migration, as they are able to follow older, more experienced adults and learn how they compete for mating rights, help mothers raise calfs by escorting them away from potential predators, and sing. Whale songs are deeply cultural, as the versus are passed down exactly between generations of Tongan humpbacks.