Maestro's Notes: This heart-warming moment was filmed on location in Vava'u, Kingdom of Tonga with Clark Little @clarklittle Marc Gardner @mgardz Dolphin Pacific Diving @dolphinpacific and Juan Oliphant @juansharks courtesy of Marine Biologist, Businesswoman, Co-Founder of both One Ocean Diving @oneoceandiving and Water Inspired Conservation @waterinspired , Model and Dear Friend, My Ocean Optimism Inspiration, Ocean Ramsey @oceanramsey - Say aloha to my little friends. #naptime some of the most relaxed, peaceful, trusting whales I've ever met. Honored to spend time with these two, literally they slept the whole time we visited. This area of Tonga limits time in the water with mother and calves which is extremely commendable and so I'm not exactly sure how long they remained like this but it was incredible to see how relaxed they were with our presence, other times calves we met were more interested in playing while mom dozed off.
Humpback Whales are subject to entanglements, often fatal, in fishing gear. They are also vulnerable to injury by ship strikes, which can also be fatal. The documentation of such incidents is best for US waters. For the Atlantic coasts of the US during 1999-2003, there were 19 reports of death or serious injury caused by entanglements and seven cases of death or serious injury due to ship strikes (Anon. 2005b). For US Pacific waters (mainly Alaska) during 1999-2001 there were 13 reports of deaths and serious injuries due to entanglement and 3 reports of deaths due to ship strikes (Anon. 2005a). Japanese Annual Progress Reports submitted to the IWC during 2003-06 listed 3-5 Humpback Whales caught annually in fishing gear, mainly coastal trap nets (Miyashita and Kato 2006).
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