A calf just a few weeks old gliding along in the shallows just offshore of the Maui Electric Company’s Ke’alia Beach power station (its location marked by the three towers in the background). Its mother (just out of the photo) barely manages to keep pace with her energetic offspring. Humpback whale mothers with new calves favor the shallow waters of Ma’alaea Bay where their newborns can suckle, learn their swimming and other survival skills, and increase their strength in relative safety. It’s not unusual to see several cow-and-calf pairs in this part of the bay.
10 January 2015 -- Ma’alaea Bay, Maui
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