I could set my clock to the humpback whales arriving in the Virgin Islands. As if on spring break, the pod arrives end of February (February 25th, to be exact) on the south shore of St. John. For the last decade, at least, I’ve witnessed the whales with my own eyes, coming heartwarmingly close to the shores of Coral Bay. While I don’t always get to see them myself, reports from island residents confirm the whales are not only magnificent, they are punctual year to year.
Yet this past month the whale watch reports have been eerily absent, as folks sit on the edge of their beach chairs anticipating their arrival. That is, until yesterday! Humpback whales have arrived, spotted on the north shore of St. Thomas and heading east. Cetaceans ahoy!