Mommy Humpback (18)
|by Ms Karin (k-2)
|Kev and I traveled to Madagascar in mid-September to early-October 2008.|
Our first stop in Madagascar was Isle Sainte Marie to watch the Humpback Whale migration northward from the Antarctic from July to September.
We were catching the "tail end" (pun intended). Here in the warmer waters they spend the winter months breeding and birthing before their long journey back to the Antarctic.
Humpbacks can measure up to 15 m long and weigh 35,000 kg. Despite their size, they are exceptionally agile, and capable of acrobatic moves. When we were there, the babies were 3 months old and were being taught how to tail slap, roll and splash. Mommy demonstrated and then baby copied.
While still on the Island of Isle Sainte Marie we went to the south tip to see our first Lemurs. They were semi-tame Black and White Ruffed Lemurs and then a little baby Brown Lemur that ran through a kitchen stealing food.
We also took a ride on a Pirogue (dug out canoe) that was captained by very strong young men who used poles to propel us forward.
Then once back on mainland Madagascar we visited the Akany Ovoko Orphanage. The kids were all very well cared for and seemed quite content.
Next we headed south.