Humpback Whales*
We took all these photos
from the lanai of our condo

 

 

 

 

Tail slap

 

Diving

Diving

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Breaches:  whales leaping out of the water

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mother's pectoral fin on the left, baby's tail on the right

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Backs of three whales:  escort, mother and baby

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spy-hop:  sticking face out of the water to look around

 

Pectoral fin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whale's tail diving behind whale-watch catamaran

 

*An adult humpback whale is about 40 feet long and weighs about 80,000 pounds.  Whales are mammals and come up to the surface of the ocean to breathe every 15-45 minutes.  About 7,000 humpback whales live in Alaska in the summer and Hawaii in the winter.  They only eat when they are in Alaska.  They mate in Hawaii, are pregnant for 11 months and give birth the following winter in Hawaii. 

 

 

 

 

Click here for other pictures from this winter on Maui
Maui Vacations - Jon's Maui Info

 

 

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