2015: Best Humpback Whale Photos - maui-mike


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This member of a four-whale competition pod performed several repetitive breaches. Note the many bump-like tubercles located on the upper and lower jaws. The "blowhole" (AKA "nares", actually TWO holes) is also visible atop the rostrum.
Ma'alaea Bay, Maui -- 4 January 2015

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