This was the first time Darren can recall a stranding in Ha'apai. Humpback whales come to Tonga from the Antarctic to mate and give birth in Tonga's warm waters where they can be seen during the annual migration season  that runs from July to October. By September the whales are heading south with their babies back to Antarctic waters.

Photo and Video of the rescue

Whale RescuePhoto: Matafonua Lodge

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