Several types of whale behavior can be seen for hundreds or even thousands of yards distant. This photo is NOT a close-up: it was shot at the maximum focal length (300 mm) of my telephoto lens. I was able to spot the whale more than a mile away and take this shot.
Ma’alaea Bay, Maui – 17 January 2015
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