2015: Best Humpback Whale Photos - maui-mike


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This whale did a brief “spy-hop” to reconnoiter the other members of his competition pod. In doing so, he obligingly displayed the ventral pleats (long folds of loose skin that can expand like the bellows of an accordion) of his lower jaw, as well as the prominent bulge of his right eye.
8 February 2015

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