Humpback Whales of Maui: 2009 to 2013 - maui-mike
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A member of a small competition pod of Humpback whales thrusts its massive head clear out of the water in an aggressive threat display known as a "head lunge". As this whale was heading directly for the boat, it's not clear who he's trying to intimidate: other males in the comp-pod or my boat!

5 January 2014

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