'Thar She Blows'

Ever wondered how many blow holes a Humpback Whale has? A Humpback whale has 2 blow holes on the top of its head where as a toothed whale has only one.  This amazing image was taken by a guest on board our luxury catamaran vessel Eye Spy this week.

Blowholes are a whale's nostril and are located on the top / back of the whale's head. Blowholes are covered by muscular flaps that keep water from entering them when the whale is underwater. In their relaxed state, the flaps cover the blowhole which leads to the whale's trachea and then onto their lungs.

The warm mist lung air is mainly expelled from the blowholes as a cloud of condensation. It is this cloud of condensation that today helps us spot whales and in the old whaling days, lead to the famous… "Thar she blows."

Unlike us, whales cannot breathe through their mouth

Kerry Lopez

Captain of the Eye Spy
04 September 2014