2015: Best Humpback Whale Photos - maui-mike


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A male Humpback whale in a surface-active competition pod throws its upper body well out of the water in a particularly aggressive behavior known as a head lunge. Males often end a head lunge by slamming down on the body of a competing male, raking the barnacle-encrusted chin plate protruding from the lower jaw back and forth, which occasionally draws blood.
Ma’alaea Bay, Maui – 17 January 2015

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