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A Whales Tail...  by LjMaxx

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The Humpback whale is one of the most studied marine mammal and yet, we still know very little. One important trait of the Humpback whale is that each individual has a unique color pattern on the underside of its tail (more properly called a fluke), and which displays designs in varying tones of white, grey and black. This particular characteristic makes it possible for us to identify each different individual by simply taking a clear photo of the underside of its fluke. This way, we can, over many years’ time, know who is where and doing what with whom. This also permits us to count and estimate the number of individuals of a certain population. A little nosy aren’t we? Well, let us be nosy because the more we know and understand about these magnificent creatures, the more apt we are at protecting them and assuring their survival as a species.

Nikon D60 ~ 55-200 Mexico 2009 ~ Jan. Late afternoon…


  • StacyLee
    StacyLeealmost 6 years ago

    Fantastic capture! What a beautiful sight to see :)

  • Hey Stacy.. Thanks so much..:)

    – LjMaxx

  • LjMaxx
    LjMaxxalmost 6 years ago

    Thanks for ck-ing out my 2nd of several Whale images…

  • Jeff Palm Photography
    Jeff Palm Phot...almost 6 years ago

    Gorgeous work Lj ….looks so refreshing!!!!!! Love the clouds on the horizon….nice!
    A favor to ask can you submit this to All Water in Motion I would love to have it in my group! Thanks!

  • Thanks Jeff. So many groups here I dont even know of. Jeeeezeee.. Will do. Thanks for the invite too.. :)

    – LjMaxx

  • shannondonovan
    shannondonovanalmost 6 years ago


  • WoW! Now that was fun,,, Hahaha,. Thanks Shannon.. So pleased you liked this to feature it.. Makes my day even more terrific! :)

    – LjMaxx

  • CanDuCreations
    CanDuCreationsalmost 6 years ago

    Amazing and awesome work

  • Hi Thea. Thanks dear girl.. :)

    – LjMaxx

  • Scott Bricker
    Scott Brickeralmost 6 years ago

    up 5 mins and a feture! cool!

  • No kidding huh. That raely happens to me.. Hahhaha. Thanks Scott! :)

    – LjMaxx

  • Socialite
    Socialitealmost 6 years ago

    Such a great capture. Great job!

  • Hi Anne.. I appreciate your commenting here. T.Y. :)

    – LjMaxx

  • eaglewatcher
    eaglewatcheralmost 6 years ago

    Fantastic capture!!! Congrats on feature!!

  • Thanks Michael.. A huge surprise for me.. It’s a great group that really gives all a chance in it.. I am Thankful too..:)

    – LjMaxx

  • Claire  Farley
    Claire Farleyalmost 6 years ago

    Great shot! and congrats on the feature!

  • Thanks Claire.. I so appreciate your commenting here…:)

    – LjMaxx

  • Kate Adams
    Kate Adamsalmost 6 years ago

    Amazing pic Lj!!!! love it!! Congrats also on the feature… I am not surprised..just stunning!!!!!

  • Thanks Kate.. Was to me.. But.. thrilled for it. Have a great weekend..:)

    – LjMaxx

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