- Mission & Vision
- Our Core Values
- PWF in The Media
- Board of Directors
- Social Media Outreach
- Join our Mailing List
- Contact Us
- Research History
- Our Research Team
- Research Internships
- Current Studies
- Australia Research
- Abundance, Survival, Recruitment, and Realized Growth Rates of East Australia Humpback Whales
- Calving Rates and Intervals of East Australian Female Humpback Whales
- Connectivity and Interchange Between Humpback Whale Aggregation Areas along East Australia
- Match My Whale - a Humpback Whale Fluke Identification Project
- PWF’s Southern Hemisphere Humpback Whale Catalog
- Rate of Interchange Between East Australia and West Australia Humpback Whales
- Ecuador Research
- Hawaii Research
- Distribution and Accumulation of Marine Debris: Implications for Cetaceans
- Great Whale Count
- Hawaiian Humpback Whale Catalog
- Odontocete Distribution, Abundance, and Life Histories.
- Social Structure of False Killer Whales in Maui Four-Island Region
- Surprise Encounters with Humpback Whales
- Whale and Dolphin Tracker
- Other Projects
- Australia Research
- Donate to Help Fund our Research
- Donate Your Whale or Dolphin Photos
- Migaloo the White Humpback Whale
- You Can Help
- Become a Member / Renew Membership
- Donate Now
- Donation Specials
- Other Ways You Can Donate
- Adopt a Whale, Dolphin, Turtle or False Killer Whale
- Whale Regatta
- Maui Whale Festival Events
- Sponsor Run & Walk for the Whales
- Sponsor World Whale Day
- Made on Maui Fair Vendor Application
- Book an Eco-Cruise
- Choose PWF
- Ocean Store
The Story of Inge
Inge was lovingly named by Susan and Marshall Mortenson in honor of their granddaughter.
Inge is a female humpback whale sighted by Ocean Discovery crew while on the 2:00 pm whalewatch tour on February 25, 2014 three miles off of Lahaina Harbor. It is often difficult to discern if a humpback whale is a male or female; however, since Inge was observed with a calf we know for certain she is a female. At the same time, Inge was observed with the escort whale, Eli.
The whales were traveling north northwest in waters 213 feet deep when they were sighted. The calf was active and at the end of the encounter, both Inge and the escort whale were seen inverted tail slapping together.
Humpback whales are the most acrobatic of the great whales. In Hawai’i, the behaviors commonly observed are associated with male competition, mating, and child rearing. Escorts often follow mother-calf pairs in hopes of mating with the mother. The association is short-lived but can lead to competition if other males are nearby.
Female humpback whales typically get pregnant while in Hawai’i and give birth here the following year when they return; however, most females rest a year between births.
The Pacific Whale Foundation research team and vessel crew will continue to watch for Inge and document any future sightings. We are grateful to Susan and Marshall Mortenson for supporting the Pacific Whale Foundation name-an-animal program and to you for adopting Inge. Your adoption will support the ongoing research efforts at Pacific Whale Foundation.