Humpback Whales of Maui: 2009 to 2013 - maui-mike


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This male participant in an active competition pod does an inflated head lunge: the whale inflates its mouth with air or water, elevates its head at a 45-degree angle, then lunges forward with a quick burst of speed. This is usually aimed broadside to another male in the pod, presumably to intimidate it.

The numerous white rings on its lower jaw mark where barnacles clinging there were subsequently broken off.

5 March 2013

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