Humpback whales in the Fiji
Humpback Whales sighted in Fiji belong to the Southern Humpback
populations. They are baleen whales and spend most of the year
in Artic Waters where they feed on krill and sardine size fish.
Every year in about June, humpbacks start their yearly migration
north, to warmer waters, where they give birth and mate.
They are seen in Fiji from June to October.
Humpbacks whales are seen in the Fiji Islands usually only during the winter season July to
Whale watching for Humpbacks in the Fiji Islands is
mainly of opportunistic nature during boat trips
or diving trips out at sea.
In the neighbouring Kingdom of Tonga are several well
set up humpback whale whatching operators. Tonga has
a quite large and stable Humpback population
which returns yearly to the Tonga archipelago for
calving and mating.
NAI'A Liveaboard Dive Adventures
visits Tonga yearly for Humpback Whale Watching
Expeditions. During these tours scientific data is
collected and they are open to the public. Those that
book early enough have opportunity for spectacular
encounters and even swims with Humpbackwhales.
In case of the Humpback whale and some other large whales,
photos of the underside of the fluke, with their individual
shape and pattern, are taken. These are catalogued to ID an name the
In the last years whale research teams from Australia together with Fiji fisheries
department and the University of the South Pacific are conducting
survey and collectiong data of the Fiji Humpbacks population.
During encounters skin DNA samples are collected so
that with the help of genetics the family tree of the different
Southern humpbacks populations can be further understood.
All humpback whale ID's taken in Fiji have not shown any match
with any of the other known populations, i.e. from Tonga,
Australia etc.. This suggests that the different humpback
populations not really mix and or interbreed.