2015: Best Humpback Whale Photos - maui-mike


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As it rolls over onto its back during a partial breach, this whale shows off the black-and-white pigmentation on its pectoral fins that are characteristic of mature adult Humpback whales, similar to the pigmentation patterns seen on the ventral aspect of the flukes of most of the more than 25,000 whales in the North Pacific population of Humpback whales.
Ma’alaea Bay, Maui – 17 January 2015

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