Humpback Whales of Maui: 2009 to 2013 - maui-mike
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As its mother rolls over on her side to do some "pec-waves", a new calf practices breaching offshore from Ukumehame, leeward side Maui. 1 February 2013

This photo demonstrates the strongest (and ONLY long-term) bond in the Humpback's world: that of a cow and her calf, which lasts for about a year after the calf's birth.

It's believed that the mothers of newborns encourage this and other energetic behavior in order to strengthen their swimming muscles in preparation for the long journey back to the Alaskan waters.

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