2014 : Best Humpback Whale Photos - maui-mike


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This Humpback whale calf performed a long series of exuberant in-place fluke slaps for several minutes. Note the prominent light-gray "racing stripe" coloration on its flanks, indicating that is a newborn calf possible only several hours old. This coloration disappears a few hours after birth.
9 March 2014

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