2015: Best Humpback Whale Photos - maui-mike


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An adult (probably male) member of a competition displays many scuffmarks and scrapes no-doubt incurred while participating in the aggressive pushing-and-shoving matches part of all competition pods. It is rare to see blood spilled during this level of physical competition among males.
10 January 2015 -- Ma’alaea Bay, Maui

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