Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Humpback Whale Breaching Extravaganza!

Breach, breach, breach! How exciting it is to see a huge humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae,  breaching out of the water again and again! I seem to never get tired of the action, and I know I'm the luckiest guy to be here to witness and capture such precious moments. Each breach is different and potentially may become a shot of a lifetime.

It's been a very rough season so far this year, but today the condition was...I would say, fair. It wasn't windy but had large swells typical of Hawaii's ocean in winter. We found a group of five whales competing each other for a female. We followed them from the distance and noticed their activities were heating up quickly. They were head-butting and throwing peduncles to each other. Then, I screamed, "Breach!"

humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae, breaching, Haleakala of Maui in background, Hawaii, Pacific Ocean

Exciting humpback whale breaching session was just started. Meanwhile, the head-lunging became more violent, making loud scary whistling sound, and the peduncles were thrown at a lightening speed toward the other whale. What a powerful series of actions! Humpback whales are just incredible!

humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae, breaching, Hawaii, Pacific Ocean

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