2017: MAUI NEWS/VISITOR UPDATES

WHAT DO WHALES AND COOKIE CUTTERS HAVE IN COMMON?

Kapalua, Feb. 25–Some 10,000 visitors this month are frolicking in the ocean. Humpback whales are the target of sharks called cookie cutters whose bites are to whales as cookie cutters are to dough.

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MARCH 1–Dolphins in the sea can learn from dolphins in captivity, an audience at the annual Whales Tales at the Ritz Carlton Kapalua learned last week. When an injured dolphin was placed in a pool for dolphins at a tourist attraction, it observed dolphins standing on their tales (which they do not normally do). Observant, the injured dolphin soon learned the trick.

Back in the ocean the newly educated dolphin began standing on its tale. Not long after, nearby dolphins in the sea learned the trick too. The only question is whether they can teach others around the world. whale-tales-4-dolphin-1
Feb. 28–Leading researchers from all over the world offered new insights into whale behavior this week to a large audience at the annual Whales Tales event.whale-tales-1-1

Highlights: some 10,000 visitors this month are frolicking in the ocean.

Humpback whales are the target of small sharks called cookie cutters whose bites are to whales as cookie cutters are to dough. The sharks get a good meal when they take a few chunks from the whale’s hide. The whales, unhurt by the bites, get round while marks scars that have the look of smily faces.

Photos of whales often show 30 or more bite marks on a single whale. For more fascinating tales about whales click on the Maui Updates Link above.

Feb. 27–What do whales and women’s hemlines have in common? If you could guess you would be half right. Women’s hemlines go up and down. The sounds whales make in the form of songs is getting lower and lower, according to the latest research presented to nearly 200 people at the annual Whales Tales sponsored by Whale Trust Maui.