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Costa Rica's humpback whales engage in fin to cuffs over females.
Some years here off the Osa peninsula and Drake Bay it seems pretty easy to be a humpback whale male, sing some songs, watch the ladies dance in the air, be a whale. Those are the years when there seem to be more females denizens than male.
Not this year.
This is one of the other years. Where there are more males than females.
A group of up to 9 boisterous and apparently amorous humpback males have been fighting over one particular female whale. We are guessing she is quite fetching.
The fight has been going on for at least 12 days. And you thought twelve rounds was tough?
I think we all know that whales like to do things big and their combat is the same.
How do they fight you ask?
There is a famous line in a movie called Ben Hur;
That´s just how they roll. Get up speed and slam into the other guy.
They also smack each other with their fins.
Think of really big birds boxing with their wings and tail.
The gentle giants have battered a boat full of tourists and a foolish captian who did not know that he should forget about the 100 or 200 meter rule during a fight.
You better stay like a kilometer away during a humpback whale fight.
Sadly, just like they forget about boats during fights they also swim right into long lines and get hopelessly tangled..
To bad Costa Rica allows long lines between Corcovado National Park and Caño Island Biological Reserve, we should just let the whales fight in peace.
The translation of what the whales were saying will not be repeated here.
click on the rowdy whales below for more.