Not Jaws by Sean Jansen

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Capture of Humpback Whale off of Maui, Hawaii, USA
Nikon D 300
Nikor 70-300 mm lens

The humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) is a baleen whale. One of the larger rorqual species, adults range in length from 12–16 metres (39–52 ft) and weigh approximately 36,000 kilograms (79,000 lb). The humpback has a distinctive body shape, with unusually long pectoral fins and a knobbly head. It is an acrobatic animal, often breaching and slapping the water. Males produce a complex whale song, which lasts for 10 to 20 minutes and is repeated for hours at a time. The purpose of the song is not yet clear, although it appears to have a role in mating.

Found in oceans and seas around the world, humpback whales typically migrate up to 25,000 kilometres each year. Humpbacks feed only in summer, in polar waters, and migrate to tropical or sub-tropical waters to breed and give birth in the winter. During the winter, humpbacks fast and live off their fat reserves. The species’ diet consists mostly of krill and small fish. Humpbacks have a diverse repertoire of feeding methods, including the bubble net feeding technique.

Like other large whales, the humpback was and is a target for the whaling industry. Due to over-hunting, its population fell by an estimated 90% before a whaling moratorium was introduced in 1966. Stocks have since partially recovered; however, entanglement in fishing gear, collisions with ships, and noise pollution also remain concerns. There are at least 80,000 humpback whales worldwide. Once hunted to the brink of extinction, humpbacks are now sought by whale-watchers, particularly off parts of Australia, Canada, and the United States.


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  • ginabgood1
    ginabgood1over 4 years ago

    Great job!

  • Thank you so very kindly Gina…..what a great comment. Glad I could share this with you !!

    – Sean Jansen

  • Carol Barona
    Carol Baronaover 4 years ago

    Fantastic sight to see….awesome capture!

  • Thanks very much Carol….so glad you enjoyed this one and I appreciate your very kind words. Thanks again !!

    – Sean Jansen

  • micheleirene
    micheleireneover 4 years ago

    Amazing capture Sean! They are such gorgeous creatrues aren’t they?!

  • Thanks so kindly once again Shelly. Yes they were so gorgeous. Awesome to see in person. I couldnt beleive their size !! What a great spectacle of nature. Many thanks again : ))

    – Sean Jansen

  • George Lenz
    George Lenzover 4 years ago

    nicely done…

  • Thank you so very much George for your wonderful comment. Glad you enjoyed this one !!

    – Sean Jansen

  • WhiteDove Studio kj gordon
    WhiteDove Stud...over 4 years ago

    great timing brah’………… were there at the right time………..soon they will be gone north…..

  • Yes , soon they will be coming this way. Cant imagine why lol. But they will be back next year : )) Maybe me too !!

    – Sean Jansen

  • Bootiewootsy
    Bootiewootsyover 4 years ago

    Fantastic capture….

  • Thanks so very kindly my friend for your wonderful and kind words. Always appreciated and so glad I could share this with you. Thanks again !!

    – Sean Jansen

  • walstraasart
    walstraasartover 4 years ago

    An excellent and interesting photograph Sean

  • Thanks so very much for your very kind words. Glad I could share this with you !!

    – Sean Jansen

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonover 4 years ago

    Fantastic image Sean

  • Thank you so very much Joy… glad I could share this capture of this beautiful whale with you !! Really appreciate the fav add. Many wonderful thanks again !!

    – Sean Jansen

  • sunnyd
    sunnydover 4 years ago

    Sean, you’re really making me want to go back to Hawaii for a few weeks, or months…. keep it up! :)

  • Thanks so very much……I am doing my best. Havent even got half my immages up yet lol. Always appreciate your kind words !!

    – Sean Jansen

  • Sheila Laurens
    Sheila Laurensover 4 years ago

    WOW!!! this is a fabulous capture Sean.. great work XX

  • Hi Sheila, thank you so very kindly for your awesome comment. SO glad I could share this magnificent whale with you. They really are gorgeous to see. Many thanks again : ))

    – Sean Jansen

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