The humpback whales in migration

in tour, magic bal with nice jumps and songs, in Ifaty

From june to october, the annual migration of the humpback whales lead them in front of Ifaty. From end of june to mid-september, and especially from mid-july to the end of august, when they are so many that chance to see them is 100%, we go out to share greats moments with them.


Humpback whales in Ifaty
Humpback whales in Ifaty
The whales pictures

The migration

Every year, when comes the austral winter, the humpback whales leave the Antartica ocean for the warm water of the tropic, where they won't get any food but find good conditions for reproduction and the first few weeks of the calves. From the Antartica, they go all around to the north, along every continent. The ones coming to Madagascar divide in two groups, one going east - Sainte-Marie island, Antongil bay - the other going west - we can watch them in Ifaty - to Comoros.
At the end of the austral winter, they'll follow the same route south, back to Antartica, with the new born calves, and those that will be born next winter.

Whale watching

Whalewatching in Ifaty
Whalewatching

During the season, we just have to go out of the lagoon and look for whales blowing. Sometimes next to the reef, sometimes far away off shore, sometimes souther, sometimes norther and sometimes : everywhere. By groups of two, three, up to five, or singles, here they are. Hurrying up or lazily strolling, or in a merry mood. Two whales knowing where they're going, and going there, showing off their hump, or back fin when diving, getting then out of sight for fifteen minutes in average. A mother playing with its calf, hitting the sea with its fins, slowly rolling on itself. Or teaching it, in a big show, the art of jumping.

Cetamada

Playing whales in Ifaty
playing whales

We approach them slowly and one hundred meters away, two hundred if there is a calf, we turn the engine off. Whales are as curious as the people watching them. If they want to come, they'll come! OK, let's be here for their pleasure as well as for our. They may come and play around the boat, swim underbeneath, getting a little farther and ignore us. Diving right under the boat - and then the hull would amplify their song, so you think it comes from the sky. Emerging thirty meters away, greeting us with a few jumps and disappearing for good - Ladies and gentlemen, see you next time!


At this period of year, it's not rare to see big schools of dolphins, Risso's dolphins, and sometimes false killer whales, and even real ones...