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A Mel O Drama

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I had the privilege of hosting the 2017 Rolex scholar Melinda Brown for a month in Tonga. As part of her year long program she joined us for a month to work with me on the Tongan Fluke Collective, some coral gardening projects and plastic pollution education, oh and of course she came to swim with the whales. The time went fast but we did so much and I am glad she had the opportunity to join the Swimming With Gentle Giants family.

Check out her blog on the Our World Underwater Scholarship Society

 

The Art of a Heat Run

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The heat run is the ultimate wildlife encounter, multiple whales competing for a female which can last for hours or even days. Males show a multitude of behaviours while in a heat run: bubble netting, open mouth gulping, physical contact, loud acoustic sounds, it is truly one of nature’s great events. After 16 years I have documented some of the most common and unusual behaviour seen by Humpbacks in the region, but it is truly heart-thumping and adrenaline-pumping action to be a part of. There is so much people can learn from this type of behaviour or in its simplest form, there is so much they can appreciate and respect once they see something like this. Stay tuned for my paper called 1000 days in water observation and behavioural study of Humpback whales of Tonga.

 

Kicking Off The Season With Some Big Things

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Well, the season is well and truly underway and words can’t describe some of the encounters we have had. these Humpback whales are amazing curious creatures, extremely intelligent and very interactive at times. Our groups are getting some amazing photos and experiences.

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Sarah and the Whale

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This image was awarded at the 10th Annual International Color Awards 2017 – receiving an Honourable Mention. One of the amazing encounters we had with the Humpback whales last season.

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Aerial Views over Vava’u, Tonga

Check out some of the most amazing scenery in the south Pacific, truly a photographers paradise.

2018 Dates Released for Tonga

2017 dates are now fully booked but we have just released our dates for 2018,

Tour 1 – 26th July – 6th August (8 Day)

Tour 2 – 6th Aug – 15th August (8 Day)

Tour 3 – 17th Aug – 26th August (7 Day)

Tour 4 – 27th Aug – 5th Sept (8 Day)

Tour 5 – 7th Sept – 17th Sept (8 Day)

Tour 6 – 18th Sept – 27th Sept (8 Day)

Tour 7 – 28th Sept – 7th October (7 Day)

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Underwater Encounters in Tonga

A little snippet of the amazing underwater encounters we have had this season in Tonga with the whales. very action packed, 2018 will be here before you know it, so check out the tour dates if you want to join us.

Aerial Views of Tonga and the Humpback whales

Some beautiful aerial footage of Tonga and the whales to entice those thinking of joining us next year. If you want to see this in 2018 join us for the chance to swim with the whales and see some amazing behaviour, not to mention stunning tropical islands.

Kicking off the season

As the season kicks off we are seeing some interesting behaviour from some young juvenile whales, this whale we had to nickname the crazy whale on account of it always making a B-line for us in the water. things can be unpredictable sometimes and we are dealing with wild animals with big bodies and big personalities. Lets hope the excitement continues this week.

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Day Trips with Whales in the wild

We are now offering Day trips for people visiting us in Tonga for only a short period of time. The tours usually include 6 – 8 People and the team will take you out for a day whale watching, snorkeling including snorkeling, lunch and swimming with whales. to find out more fill in our enquiry form and we will get back to you with more details.

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