Barnacle Boy

Gina Ruttle  (Whalegeek)

Palos Park, United States

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Humpback whale breaching in the fabulous, rich whale feeding grounds of Frederick Sound/Stephen’s Passage near Petersburg, Alaska, USA. Petersburg is situated on Mitkof Island in Alaska’s Inside Passage.

While humpbacks collect barnacles by the ton, this particular cetacean sported the most barnacles I’ve ever seen on a humpback whale.

This particular humpback whale breached continuously for 50 minutes! No doubt there was some reason for this amazing expenditure of energy but it just plain looked as if this whale was having fun. Gads, I love Alaska! Surely this is God’s country.

Canon 40D, Canon 10-400mm lens, shutter 1/1250, f/11.0, focal length 235mm, ISO 400, handheld.

August 13, 2009

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