Humpback whales are among the largest creatures to ever inhabit the planet, with an intelligence and charisma that attracts admirers from all over the world. Every year, thousands undertake the rigorous migration from their summer feeding grounds in the north to their winter breeding grounds on the Silver Bank, part the Sanctuary for the Marine Mammals of the Dominican Republic. Here they court, mate, give birth, and ready their young for the long trip home.
While on the Silver Bank the humpbacks engage in an exhilarating display of social behaviors, intense courtship and competition for mates, and endearing nurturing behaviors between mothers and calves. Powerful yet gentle humpbacks are one of the most gregarious of cetaceans. They freely interact with humans on and in the water.