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EMOTION: Side by side with the whales in Samana

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Viva Wyndham Resorts

Have you ever been close to the whales in Samana? We mean very, very close?

It is exciting; it makes you feel as one with nature’s wonders.

The Humpback Whales arrive in Samaná Bay, in the Dominican Republic, every winter, from mid-January to mid-March.

These mammals, whose heart weighs 350 pounds, can travel huge distances. At a speed of 5 miles per hour, they travel in the ocean for 3,000 miles to give birth to their calves in the Caribbean waters.

The gestation period can last 12 months; in the meantime, they swim, producing sounds to communicate up to 100 miles away. They can reach up to 52 feet in length and their tail fin measure as much as 13 feet wide! They like to swim in small groups and belong to the same group as a family for their whole life, which can be as long as 50 years. Calves drink up to 26 gallons of milk per day; mothers know that they can find the food to produce it in the warm waters of Samaná, something like 4,400 pounds per day…

Boat excursions to admire this species of humpback whales are regulated by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources since it is estimated that there are only 15,000 specimens of this species left. It is an exciting experience to admire their slow and constant swimming, their breaths that create water blows in the air and the whirls they perform.

Samaná is a valuable habitat from a nature point of view and this is where Viva Wyndham V Samaná is located.