2015: Best Humpback Whale Photos - maui-mike
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t’s believed that, in order to let nearby males know she is in a “receptive” mood, a female Humpback whale will roll over onto its side and holding one pectoral fin aloft she waves it slowly back and forth, all in the way of a “Hey, Sailor” greeting. The tip of this whale’s barnacle-encrusted fluke is visible at the surface (far left of image).
Ma’alaea Bay, Maui – 17 January 2015

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