Samana
The Samaná Peninsula is located at the extreme northeast of the Dominican Republic. Unique, different and
beautiful, it is geologically the oldest part of Hispaniola and was, until quite recently, an island in its own right.
Cristopher Colombus named part of Samana Bay the "Gulf of the Arrows", because his ships were received by the
early original Amerindian inhabitants with a "rain of arrows" which forced them to sail away with care.
Samaná has always attracted visitors, although not so much for the undisturbed stretches of white, palm-fringed,
sandy beaches as for its important strategic geographical location. French incursions alternated with the
intrusion of English and Dutch buccaneers and pirates.
Samaná Bay has the rare distinction of being one of the best locations internationally to observe the well known
and popular whale species, the Humpback (Megaptera novaengliae) .

Each winter Humpbacks migrate anywhere from 2000 to 4000 miles, from distant northern feeding grounds in the
Gulf of Maine, the east coast of Canada, Greenland and Iceland, to the warm Caribbean water of the Dominican
Republic to reproduce.

Almost the entire North Western Atlantic Humpback whale population spends the months of January, February
and March utilizing several offshore areas: Silver Bank and Navidad Bank as well as Samaná Bay. Like singles
bars on a single's bar circuit, males look for females and vice-versa, courting and competing for the opportunity
to mate.

Pregnant females give birth and nurture their offspring, preparing their calves for the long return journey north
and adolescent Humpbacks learn by example their future reproductive roles.
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