I’ve seen whales breach, but I’ve never seen anything like this before! Female whales such as this, travel annually to places like Mo’orea and Salt Cay to birth and nurture their calves while the skies are sunny and the water is calm.

On a typical boat outing, the captain is well educated about the whale migration and their behavior. Retreat participants only enter the water when the wise guide has found a resting whale. In this case the group can slip into the water after donning the snorkel gear and perhaps come in close contact with humpback whales.

In this environment, they might swim by and see you eye to eye or there might be a curious calf who notices humans for the first time. The whales will participate with the group at their own free will. We love the whales and do not chase them in the water. Due to the gentle approach that we take and the fact that we only enter the water when the whales are resting, there are few risks that would be encountered from this activity. If this is not the approach, there could be problems.

What are the risks of swimming in the ocean with humpback whales?

· breaching

· head lunge

· tail slap

· pectoral fin slap

When visiting a tropical island, you’ll want to protect your skin from any potential sun damage, while at the same time being respectful to the ocean biology. You can purchase reef friendly sun-screen and protective layers to avoid sunburns. There’s a wide variety and making the choice to respect the ecosystem of the ocean is a wise decision.

Most popular sunscreen brands contain oxybenzone and octinoxate; ingredients believed to contribute to coral bleaching. According to the National Park Service, 14,000 tons of sunscreen enter coral reefs every year. “Researchis showing that these chemicals can harm coral health and reproduction, potentially contributing to the decline of coral reefs.”

What are some popular reef-friendly sunscreens?

· Thinksport SPF 50 Sunscreen

· All Good SPF 30 Sport Sunscreen Lotion

· Babo Botanicals SPF 30 Clear Zinc Lotion

· Suntegrity Natural Mineral Sunscreen

· Badger SPF 30 Unscented Sunscreen Cream

· Raw Elements SPF 30 Certified Natural Sunscreen

· Stream2Sea SPF 30 Mineral Sunblock

· Loving Naturals Clear Body SPF 30+ All-natural Sunscreen

· Banana Boat Simply Protect SPF 50+ Sunscreen (spray, not lotion)

· Olita Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30

Although the weather is tropical, the deep sea may not feel warm enough, especially when you first enter the water, therefore whale lovers often don a wet suit while exploring this activity. Now, you may hear that swimming with humpback whales is dangerous, but that has not been the case for me. I’ve been in the ocean waters on many occasions with cetaceans and my experiences have been profound. These creatures have much to offer humanity with their healing sounds and vibrations.

What do whales represent?

Wisdom

Healing

Alignment

Love

Expansion

Service to humanity

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