A large female (her calf is outside the image) Humpback whale cruising about 20 yards off the port side of my boat. She was so long that I could only fit part of her in the frame; about another 25 feet of her body extends to the left of her dorsal fin. Many Humpbacks reach more than 45 feet in length.
Ma’alaea Bay, Maui – 17 January 2015
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