The baby is coming!
The mother enters the maternity ward and soon she is the proud parent of her own little bundle of joy. Her 4400 pound (or almost 2000 kg.) little bundle of joy!
No, it isn't time to call the people at the Guinness World Records. You see, the mother in this case is a Humpback whale, and the maternity ward is the waters of Big Sand Cay, also referred to as Great Sand Cay near the Turks and Caicos Islands.
From January to March, the Humpbacks make their way from the northern waters of the Bay of Fundy in Canada to Silver Bank off the Dominican Republic where they mate and calve. Along this migration route is they travel near Providenciales and around Salt Cay, in the Turks and Caicos. It is here that visitors have the opportunity to see these magnificent creatures up close and personal.
Visitors to Providenciales will be fascinated by these gentle giants as they make their way towards Mouchoir Bank in the southeastern part of the Turks and Caicos. In fact, guests from Villa del Mar captured some footage of a Humpback whale on a recent boating trip.
Frequent sightings off the beach in front of Villa del Mar are common so if you happen to be staying with us during the migration season, you will most likely experience this amazing spectacle right out front.
And whale sightings are common on boating tours and excursions around Providenciales.
Salt Cay is another amazing spot for whale watching, but travel and planning are required.
Visitors to the Turks and Caicos not only have the unique opportunity to see these creatures, but can actually get in the water and snorkel alongside them. Salt Cay Divers, a diving operation based out of Balfour Town, Salt Cay, offers diving and snorkeling instruction and certification and exclusive whale watching excursions. Many who partake have a profoundly personal experience.
Visitors to the Turks and Caicos generally stay on the island of Providenciales, and will have to fly to Salt Cay to experience the best of the Humpback Whale migration. Caicos Express an inter-island airline offers about 5 flights a week to Salt Cay with rates around $100 for each direction.
Crystal Seas Adventures offer full-day whale watching trips which include round trip airfare from Providenciales for $399 per person.
The Humpbacks' migration from year to year, like their songs, echoes through time and space. The journey covers thousands of miles. Despite their massive size, Humpback whales manage to mate and give birth in seclusion. There are few recordings or human witnesses to these events, but evidence of new life and the miracle of their presence surfaces to the sunlight for visitors who are lucky enough to see it.
For more information about rates and availability during whale migration season contact Villa del Mar, Turks and Caicos Islands, today.
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