Saturday, April 16, 2011

Humpback Whale "Pec Slaps" and Flukes

Last August, in addition to seeing blue whales, we also encountered many humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae).  In particular, we spent quite a bit of time near a mother humpback whale and her frisky calf.  The calf was waving pectoral fin(s) in the air and being generally rambunctious.  Apparently, an adult humpback's pectoral fins are the largest in the world and can extend to over 15 feet.  The calf seemed to be waving hello (and then good-bye) to all on the whale watch boat.

Humpback Whale in Monterey Bay


Humpback Whale in Monterey Bay



Humpback Whale in Monterey Bay

We also saw a tail slap by an adult humpback whale and several tails/flukes as the whales dove.  Last but not least, we saw a calf breach.  Due to the speed and unpredictability of the breach and my own excitement at trying to capture it, the photo is a bit blurry.

Humpback Whale Tail Slap in Monterey Bay
Tail Slap

Humpback Whale in Monterey Bay

Humpback Whale in Monterey Bay



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