I saw & felt this male Humpback Whale jumping out of the water from our very small fishing boat. It was a spectacular exp for me… Something I will never forget.

Humpbacks are known as the acrobats of the ocean, often seen breaching (jumping out of the water), and flipper and tail slapping.

For what purpose are these actions?

These activities performed by surface active groups are usually involved in breeding behaviors. Researchers think the males are competing for the chance to mate with available females. Some of the behaviors shown were breaching, flipper/pec (pectoral fin) slapping and tail slapping. Breaches and slaps, in addition to being aggressive displays during courtship, may also be a play behavior in juvenile and adult whales Breaches and slaps may also be used to remove pesky barnacles or old skin (a form of grooming).

The average length of a humpback whale?
Calves can be about 15 feet in length. Adults are about 45-50 feet.

Nikon D60/55-200
N.W. Mexico



  • David Murphy
    David Murphyabout 6 years ago

    Great catch!!
    ……..and a similar write-up!!
    Well done!

  • Thanks very much much David.. So pleased you commented~ :)

    – LjMaxx

  • mrscarlotta
    mrscarlottaabout 6 years ago

    Neato, I would have shit myself xxxxxxxxx

  • Hahahahaah.. I would have thought I would oftoo.. but..it was so exciting to see and I embraced every second of it.. Thanks Carlotta.. ox

    – LjMaxx

  • mrscarlotta
    mrscarlottaabout 6 years ago


  • LjMaxx
    LjMaxxabout 6 years ago

    Thanks so much for taking a look here. I have a small series or 6 images of this same Whale~ These shown here are 3 of the 6.

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsabout 6 years ago

    Awesome capture, I love this!!

  • Hi Marvin.. What a day it was for me. T.Y.~

    – LjMaxx

  • Al Bourassa
    Al Bourassaabout 6 years ago

    You are so lucky to have taken these awesome shots! Great job LJ!

  • Yes.. I feel I was too Al. Not a common sight for me.. Thanks so much here too~ :)

    – LjMaxx

  • Edith Farrell
    Edith Farrellabout 6 years ago

    Wonderful job my friend and sounds like it was so exciting. You should post it on Day Hikes!

  • Good morning Edith…. Not sure what day hikes is.. ? Thanks so much for commenting here too..:)

    – LjMaxx

  • jockey
    jockeyabout 6 years ago

    Wonderful photography of a magnificent creature…well done Lj.

  • Thanks Bill.. Thrilled to have been there to see all this.. :)

    – LjMaxx

  • Carol  Lewsley
    Carol Lewsleyabout 6 years ago

    Lj i must admit i’m sooo jealous of you being so close to take this lovely photo something that i always want todo thankyou for sharing this photo instant fave. cheers carol

  • I sure hope you get to do this too one day Cazz.. Whata great exp it is.. So mighty and powerful.. A beauty to see in person. Thanks so much for ths comment~

    – LjMaxx

  • Kasey Cline
    Kasey Clineabout 6 years ago

    WOW Too cool Lj…Just amazing to me!!! An incredible shot my friend!!! I can’t even imagine how that must have felt!!! WOW!

  • Hey Kasey.. Next year… You , me & all the other girls.. Cool,. Its gonna be great~ Thanks for this wonderful comment too!

    – LjMaxx

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