2015: Best Humpback Whale Photos - maui-mike


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Nice shot of a young whale (possibly a yearling) doing a “round-out”; the individual “knobs” of each vertebra of his spinal column are clearly visible because he has yet to accumulate the mass of insulating blubber associated with full adulthood.
10 January 2015 -- Ma’alaea Bay, Maui

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