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Leaping Whales 1
Katy Penland

Leaping Whales 1 (Megaptera novaengliae)

Humpback whale doing repeated lunges and breaches near our boat. Notice the eye is closed.
Santa Barbara Channel, California, USA
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Megaptera novaengliae
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Canon AE-1 Program; 70-200 MF lens
Now these I have seen and very close too!
Photos yes not digital I'm afraid!
Still an experience isn't it being close to these marvellous creatures!
This species in particular is fun because it's probably the most acrobatic of all the great whales. One year, we had one meander over to the side of the boat and touch the tip of its rostrum ("nose") to the side, and one of the crew had another deckhand hold his ankles while he reached overboard and gave the knobby head a little rub. That whale hung around us, circling, rolling, rubbing on the boat, for quite some time until it got bored with us (I think): the boat was "unresponsive." LOL! It really is a humbling experience to be around these truly gentle giants and completely on their own terms.

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