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Gina Ruttle  (Whalegeek)

Palos Park, United States

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This humpback whale breached repeatedly for at least 45 minutes off the coast of Monterey, California. Belonging to a group of humpbacks that feed in summer months near the nutrient-rich waters of offshore canyons along the California coastline this population of humpbacks migrate to winter mating and breeding grounds off Mexico and points south into Central America.

Notice the all black coloring on the whale’s throat pleats plus the unusual nearly completely black undersides of this humpback’s pectoral flippers. North Pacific Ocean humpbacks tend to sport quite a bit of black on their undersides yet the all black coloration on this whale is a bit unusual, particularly on its nearly all black flippers. Evidence suggests humpback whales use their pectoral flippers to frighten and corral their prey, flashing the white undersides of their flippers to distract and confuse prey. One wonders how this particular whale performs that feeding technique when the undersides of its pectoral fins are nearly all black. Considering the size and bulk of this immense whale, it must be successful for the whale appears to be eating well.

IUCN Red List: Least Concern
Growth in worldwide humpback populations has served to remove humpback whales from a Vulnerable listing, good news for the whales. On the other hand, the whales still are under pressure in some oceans of the world from commercial hunting. Other hazards whales face involve entanglement with fishing gear that can not only damage the whales but also cause their death.

NOTE: Eagle eyed observer trueblvr sighted an unusual “creature” (it’s actually a barnacled bump on the pec fin) scampering on the whale’s right pectoral fin (look on the left hand side of the image). She not only has a keen eye but also an appreciation for the beautiful that you can see in her delightful portfolio.

Off the coast of Monterey, California, USA

July 27, 2010

Canon 7D, Canon 100-400mm lens, shutter 1/3200, f/6.3, shutter priority, focal length 135mm, ISO 400

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