Picture Whales and
Dolphins Cavorting in
Samana Bay



Picture whales leaping magnificently out of the shallow waters of Samana Bay, and picture dolphins seemingly ‘laughing’ as they speed ahead of your boat!

Humpback and calf

OK - so THIS short video 'treat' may not be of whales in basking in beautiful Samana Bay in the Dominican Republic - but it is of the same humpback whales that make their way to the Dominican Republic every January through March to breed and provide a wonderful natural spectacle:


You will have plenty of opportunity to take a picture of whales as they feed and play, and maybe even tend to their young in the warm waters off the North-East tip of the Dominican Republic. You will also not want to miss a chance to photograph dolphins, the friendly ‘clown’ of the sea as they frolic in the same waters, a regular delight for visitors to these parts.

Humpback breaching

If you were asked what...

  • Grows to between 11 and 16 metres (35 and 50 plus feet) long...

  • Weighs up to 30 tonnes...

  • Often lives well over 40 years and sometimes even into their 70’s...

  • (The males of which) have a weird and fascinating vocal range, including strange, eerily relaxing ‘songs’...(no it’s NOT Demis Roussos, Pavarotti, or Barry White!! :-) If you don't know who they are...ask your Mum!!)

    Underwater - 2 humpbacks

    You would probably already picture whales in your mind...Some of the key facts about whales show that these incredible marine mammals...

  • Live off some of the tiniest living organisms in the world (plankton) as well as krill and other small fish (which they sift out of gallons of sea-water at a gulp, using well over 300 pairs of ‘baleen plates’ which act as filters)...

  • Eat two meals a day of these ‘favoured foods’ often consuming well over 1000kg/2,500lbs at a time!!...

  • Swim over 3000 miles for a winter ‘vacation’ in tropical warm waters (and to breed)...

    Can you picture whales now usually living in family groups of 2 to 5 individuals, called ‘pods’. When you go watching whales you may be fortunate to see a mother with her young calf. There is a very strong bond between them and the mother will suckle her baby (as mammals do) for many months after their birth.

    Underwater - humpback

    In this brief picture of whales, that we provide here, it is also the case that:

  • Whales generally swim at between 5 – 14 kph/3-9 mph (with occasional bursts of over 26kph/16mph)...

  • Mostly they live in shallow waters but can dive to well over 200m/700ft, whilst holding their breath...because they...

  • Breathe air through a pair of ‘blow-holes’ in the top of their heads...

  • Whales can also spout geysers of water up to 4m/13ft into the air...

  • They love to ‘spyhop’ (pop their heads above water for a ‘quick look around’; they ‘lobtail’ (stick their tail above water and slap it noisily on the surface of the sea) and they occasionally ‘breach’ (thrust their huge tonnage out of the water in an exhilarating leap, sometimes whirling round as they go!)...just try and picture whales doing that...you could soon be watching whales doing it for real!

    Humpbacks Lobtailing

  • Humpback whales, the kind you will see near the Dominican Republic are generally black/grey in colour except for white markings on their flippers and fins...

  • Humpbacks have a couple of massive flippers (the largest in the animal kingdom), and a tail called a 'fluke'...

    It’s sad to think that whilst you may all be lucky enough to picture whales and what they look like now, it is still a real possibility that they will disappear forever before too long. Humpbacks may already only number about 15,000 in the whole world! A critically low amount and...

    Whales are still, sadly, being ‘hunted’ nearly to the point of extinction by ‘Man’!!?

    Picture whales - Humpback and calf

    Now please click here to see 'Picture Whales and Picture Dolphins' (page 2)

    Page 2 also includes some of our favorite pictures of whales and pictures of dolphins.

    Ruth & Esther



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