2015: Best Humpback Whale Photos - maui-mike
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This large mature adult whale suddenly popped up off our port side, surprising Captain Joe. He immediately cut the engines to stop making headway and avoid injuring the whale. This is a classic example a whale “mugging the boat.”
10 January 2015 -- Ma’alaea Bay, Maui

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