A Whale of a Tail, part 2

We went on second whale watching cruise from Lahaina, Maui. Like the first cruise, it was a warm, calm day in February in Hawaii — perfect for shorts and tee shirt. We saw pectoral fin slaps.

I like the blue-gray ocean in this photo. The water has an abstract, impressionist look. Doesn’t quite look like ocean, except for the whale tail and horizon.

whale tail in blue-gray ocean
whale tail in blue-gray ocean

A humpback mother and calf loitered near our boat. The mother felt comfortable with us; otherwise, she’d put herself between the boat and her calf.

humpback mother and calf
humpback mother and calf

An escort made his presence felt.

escort diving
escort diving

This whale is swimming away.  The top of the whale is visible from the head, to the bump with blowholes, along the back, to the dorsal fin.

humpback blowholes
humpback blowholes

A whale tail and a small boat.

whale watchers
whale watchers

Here’s a tail slap. Notice the spray and that the tips of the tail are higher than the base.

tail slap
tail slap

Finally, the mother, calf, and escort. The whale on the left is exhaling; in the middle, the calf’s dorsal fin is visible; the whale on the right is diving.

mother, calf, and escort
mother, calf, and escort
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I enjoy travel, art, food, photography, nature, California native plants, history, and yoga. I am a retired software engineer. The gravatar is a Nuttall's woodpecker that visited our backyard.

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