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Humpback Whale Breaching - 8/17/12

 
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Sep 14, 2012 12:01 |  #1

I was on vacation the week of 8/13 - 8/17 and I was able to go whale watching for most of the week. The whales were pretty scattered and elusive during the week which made for some difficult watching. This one whale literally saved my vacation! These shots were taken Friday afternoon during the last 15-20 minutes of the trip. This is a 5 year old whale named Longboard. We spotted it breaching in the distance and keep our fingers crossed that it would continue breaching until we got close enough. Thankfully it did and we were treated to at least 3 dozen breaches with quite a few very close to the boat.

#1 - Breaching as we approach.

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#2 - One of the many splashes!
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#6 - This shot's kind of interesting. See the raw patch on the right side of it's head? The biologists think that's from rubbing on the sea floor while trying to scare the fish out. Some whales have these marks on the left side while others have it on the right. The same ratio between people being righties or lefties applies to whales being righties or lefties. Pretty cool little tidbit.
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Sep 14, 2012 12:59 |  #2

These are absolutely amazing! You REALLY got lucky:-)




  
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Sep 14, 2012 19:29 |  #3

Stunning shots! Please keep posting these, they're great




  
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Sep 14, 2012 19:40 |  #4

Wow, great shots! Where was this?


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Sep 15, 2012 05:45 |  #5

5Dmaniac wrote in post #14991078 (external link)
These are absolutely amazing! You REALLY got lucky:-)

Thanks! I think this trip was earned and not luck. As I said I had gone out a lot during the week, but the whales were too busy doing their thing to entertain us whale watchers. It was a very slow week until this whale showed up. He (or she) made up for the slower trips! :)

rick_reno wrote in post #14992767 (external link)
Stunning shots! Please keep posting these, they're great

Thanks! I was off from work yesterday and had time to process some pics. I have a few more to post, but ran out of time. I'm also going out again today so keep your fingers crossed for me that we get some good whales! :)

Scrumhalf wrote in post #14992796 (external link)
Wow, great shots! Where was this?

Thanks! These were taken on their feeding ground known as Stellwagen Bank. It's located just off the coast of Gloucester, MA. :)


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Sep 15, 2012 06:53 |  #6

Great series glad you got lucky


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Sep 20, 2012 15:03 |  #7

oh wow, simply, just WOW.. Amazing shots and composition!!!




  
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Sep 21, 2012 02:52 |  #8

Awesome shots!


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Sep 21, 2012 02:55 as a reply to  @ Morlow's post |  #9

Wow, amazing shots...Great job!


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Sep 21, 2012 07:44 as a reply to  @ rrblint's post |  #10

Great shots. Keep posting the good work.


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Sep 21, 2012 22:46 |  #11

WOW~~ Very Nice One~~~!!


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Jan 15, 2013 00:55 |  #12

AWESOME, Mandy. We are headed to Maui for 5 full days of whale watching plus a photography boat tour so we are keeping our fingers crossed :)


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Jan 15, 2013 01:04 |  #13

WOW fabulous shots Mandy, how lucky were you to see that and capture it! Absolutely AMAZING!!


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Jan 15, 2013 10:19 |  #14

Love these! Gorgeous shots! I'm a huge humpback fan :-D


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Jan 15, 2013 20:55 |  #15

love them


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