Prior to embarking, Magila shared all kinds of interesting facts about the humpback whales. We learned about their migration patterns, eating habits and reproduction. In addition, we learned that Brazil used to do a lot of whaling and even Itacaré was a key place where they used to hunt and slaughter the whales. The practice got so popular that the Humpback whales became endangered of extinction for a while. Luckily, the Brazilian government (and several others) finally took action and made it illegal to hunt them. Since then, their numbers have re-bounded significantly, although there are still many countries that continue to hunt and kill our whales for food, energy, construction and commerce.
If you have a sensitive stomach or are prone to getting seasick or car sick, this tour might not be a good idea for you. If you want to do it anyways and believe that seeing the whales will be worth the risk of getting sea sick, make sure to take some Dramamine or something similar first, and bring some ginger chews with you. Magila’s boat is not that big, and the waves can get pretty big out there. Thankfully, no one on our boat got sick and we all had an amazing time!