December 2016 thru April 2017,
See and Hear Majestic Humpback Whales While Your Family Builds Sandcastles on the Beach
This Winter one-third of the Atlantic Ocean’s Humpback whale population will journey to the warm waters off the coast of the Dominican Republic to mate and calve in the region’s protected Silver Bay. The estimated 5,000 male and female whales gathered there, comprise the largest single grouping of whales worldwide. Sperm and Pilot whales, as well as a variety of dolphins, including Bottlenose, Rissos, and Spinner, can also be found frequenting these coastal waters in the late Winter and early Spring months.
Cave paintings of humpbacks found in the area have been dated to the Taino period; meaning, whales have been visiting this region for at least twenty centuries. In 1986, the Silver Bay area was established as a “Sanctuary for the Marine Mammals of the Dominican Republic”.
Famous for ‘singing’ to attract mates or to challenge other would-be suitors, the songs of the Humpback whale can last up to 20 minutes and can be heard more than 20 miles away. The male may repeat the same song dozens of times over several hours and research shows that whales in the same geographic area sing in similar “dialects.”
At resorts on this beautiful coast, you can now see and hear these majestic animals while your family builds sandcastles on the beach. Open your windows and let the music of the whales sing you to sleep. Could Spring Break get any more magical?