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Whale-watching in Fort Dauphin

In addition to the different ecotourism tours of the region, you will have the opportunity, in Fort Dauphin, to admire the humpback whales of the Indian Ocean. The humpback whale is a species of baleen whale, it is a large cetacean mammal. It performs spectacular jumps out of the water, has long pectoral fins and its singing is very elaborate. It lives in the oceans around the world and is a favorite subject for whale-watching tourism. Humpback whales feed in cold seas and breed in warm waters like those around Madagascar. Although the two major sites are Antongil Bay and Sainte-Marie Island, these mammals are easily observable in Fort Dauphin and Manafiafy.

A boat trip from Tolagnaro is a great opportunity to see them breaching (jumping), lobtailing (tail-slapping) and pec-slapping (slipper-slapping).

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Every year, large groups of humpback whales make their annual migration from the Antarctic to the sheltered waters around the Sainte Luce peninsula where they calve, nurse their young and engage in their spectacular courtship rituals between the end of June and mid-November.  They are easily recognizable by many criteria: their body is massive, the top of the animal is entirely black, the underside is rather whitish, the head and the lower jaw are covered with small protuberances called tubercles, which are actually follicles hairy and are characteristic of the species. The large caudal fin, black and white, has a wavy posterior border: this form, which is specific to each whale, allows its individual identification. When the humpback whale surfaces and expels air from the lungs, the breath causes a cauliflower-shaped cloud of up to 3 meters.

The dorsal fin, chunky, appears out of the water shortly after the emission of this breath. It continues to be visible when the animal is dipping to begin a dive, but disappears before the caudal fin emerges. Every year, from July to September until October, a large number of these cetaceans gather in the waters of Madagascar to court, mate, give birth to their young and educate them. Whales usually put down every two or three years. Gestation lasts about eleven months, but sometimes females breed two years in a row. The calf measures from birth 4 to 4.5 meters and weighs about 700 kilograms. It is exclusively breastfed by its mother for the first six months, then continues to breastfeed while starting to feed itself for the next six months. Calves leave their mothers at the beginning of their second year, when they are typically 9 meters in length. They reach sexual maturity around the age of five, and the final adult size is reached soon after. This is commonly 15 to 16 meters for males and 16 to 17 meters for females, for a weight of 40 tons. The largest specimen found was 19 meters and its pectoral fins 6 meters. Humpback whales can live from 40 to 50 years.

Also called clawed whale, humpback whale or Cape whale, this vulnerable giant is called the Great God (Zagnaharibe or Trozona) by the Malagasy who respect and protect them. Note that the humpback whale is a vulnerable species: the number of humpback whales in the world has been significantly reduced (from 150 000 to 12 000 in 1988) by commercial whaling that was banned from the world's oceans in 1966. Today, the threats to this animal that can normally live up to 75 years, come mainly from large fishing nets, collisions with boats and military sonar. In addition, some countries are unfortunately trying to resume this commercial hunt. Because it represents an economic alternative to hunting, commercial and supervised observation (code of good behavior of observation at sea) of the whales contributes to their protection.

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