2015: Best Humpback Whale Photos - maui-mike


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In addition to using the coloration pattern of the ventral aspect of a Humpback’s flukes as a way to identify individual whales, the dorsal fin’s size and shape (as well as the discoloration and scrapes and scuff marks seen on this whale’s fin) can serve to ID a whale, but only in conjunction with its flukes.
Ma’alaea Bay, Maui – 17 January 2015

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