An "Odd Pod" of Humpback Whales (Megaptera novaeangliae), Ma'alaea Bay, South Maui. In addition to the large mature female in the foreground, a smaller escorting adult in the middle of the pod, and a calf to the left of that whale, this pod includes a Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus, indicated by yellow arrow) that stuck around for the better part of an hour, apparently "playing" with the young calf. This is not unusual behavior for Maui's permanent population of dolphins. Molokini Island looms on the horizon.
April 18, 2010.