CRITTER: Why do our humpback whales breach?

Terry Lilley / Contributed

Humpback whales seem to breach more than any other whale species and it was once thought that they breach to remove parasites from their skin.

Humpback whales migrate to Hawai‘i from Alaska in the fall and stay in the warm waters of Hawai‘i for several months until spring to give birth and mate. Whale watching tours are extremely popular especially in January, February and March when the whales do a lot of breaching. It is exciting to see these giant creatures launch completely out of the water and come crashing down with a big splash!