The Gray Humpback Whale


Over the past week or so, we’ve been spotting a very unusual whale that the research department is affectionately calling “ ‘Ahinahina.” ‘Ahinahina means gray or silver (and is also the name of Hawaiian Silversword) and this whale definitely lives up to its name. ‘Ahinahina the whale is a very pale gray color instead of the dark gray to black of most humpback whales and looks particularly light when next to a whale with normal coloration.

This whale seems to only have recently shown up and we don’t know much about it yet. We don’t know why it’s such a light colored animal. We’ve had a few guests ask if it’s an all white whale or albino whale, but ‘Ahinahina has some color and is not albino. We also don’t know if it’s male or female. I’ve spotted this whale a few times, some of the other researchers have seen it while out on the boats. We’ve also had reports from a few of the captains who have spotted ‘Ahinahina as well. The more we observe this whale, the more we’ll learn about it.  When you’re out on the whale watches, keep your eyes open and see if you can spot ‘Ahinahina!