2015: Best Humpback Whale Photos - maui-mike


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A young adult whale arches its back in the characteristic preparation for a flukes-up dive, violently churning the surface with one or two strokes of its powerful flukes and peduncle (lower-back) musculature.
10 January 2015 -- Ma’alaea Bay, Maui

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