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photoblog image tail shot of a young humpback whale

tail shot of a young humpback whale

If you ever go whale watching in the big island, make sure to hook up with the company called Body Glove.  They have an outstanding naturalist on board the boat.  Denver, provides wonderful information about the lives of the Humpback whale, and fascinating facts that you probably do not know.  For instance, did you know that scientists are not exactly sure how long whales live?  Up near Alaska, they found one with arrow tips embedded inside the carcass that dated back over 150 years.

On our trip, we were also fortunate to see pilot whales (uncommon to shallow waters) and spinner dolphins, who liked to swim in front of the boat.  One actually smiled at me as he/she turned.  (I was sitting at the best spot on the boat...up in the front!

Unfortunately, Mom and Junior, here, did not jump into the air (breach) for us, so all I got were tail shots or those where the whales rolled over.  Maybe next time.

tail shot of a young humpback whale

If you ever go whale watching in the big island, make sure to hook up with the company called Body Glove.  They have an outstanding naturalist on board the boat.  Denver, provides wonderful information about the lives of the Humpback whale, and fascinating facts that you probably do not know.  For instance, did you know that scientists are not exactly sure how long whales live?  Up near Alaska, they found one with arrow tips embedded inside the carcass that dated back over 150 years.

On our trip, we were also fortunate to see pilot whales (uncommon to shallow waters) and spinner dolphins, who liked to swim in front of the boat.  One actually smiled at me as he/she turned.  (I was sitting at the best spot on the boat...up in the front!

Unfortunately, Mom and Junior, here, did not jump into the air (breach) for us, so all I got were tail shots or those where the whales rolled over.  Maybe next time.

comments (24)

I am so jealous !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Jewlya
  • United States
  • 12 Mar 2008, 03:19
Wow Kay! I went whale watching once and not a whale was to be seen. Bah. You're very lucky. Thank you for sharing such a cool shot!
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 12 Mar 2008, 04:23
This is very cool and I am very envious. One time a whale stuck out her head and stared me in the eye from about 15 feet away. I need to go whale watching again! Thanks for sharing this smile
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 12 Mar 2008, 05:21
I've seen only one whale breach, Kay, and it was quite the experience (in Alaska). But catching the tail like this is just as exciting, IMHO! You go, Girl!
  • ferdi
  • 12 Mar 2008, 07:46
Not something you see every day !
  • xavi
  • Barcelona
  • 12 Mar 2008, 09:03
great image... me gustaria ver algun dia una ballena
This is a photographer's dream Kay. Cool capture!
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 12 Mar 2008, 10:14
Oh Kay how wonderful.
  • martie
  • US
  • 12 Mar 2008, 10:32
Oh Kay - I too am jealous!! In the 1980s I started collecting posters of Talbot's work and I loved his whale tails. (I've still got some of them framed and hanging in my office!) This is gorgeous and you did a wonderful job of capturing this.
  • Scarlet
  • Netherlands
  • 12 Mar 2008, 12:43
I went whale watching about 17 years ago and I remember taking a million photo's and missing them every time so all were of a very smooth surface. This is great and thank you for the tip. I will most certainly look them up.
  • vintage
  • australia
  • 12 Mar 2008, 13:10
Kay well done I have not been out to se these wonderful whale and they pass up the coast each year.One of those thing I must do
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 12 Mar 2008, 13:22
Reminds me a lot of Hermanus here in SA, which is also renowned for watching the humpbacks.

Great shot.
  • Roz Sears
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 12 Mar 2008, 13:52
Even this glimpse must have been wonderful for you, Kay. (:o)
How very cool. I want to get out on Vancouver Island to see this same thing happening.. One day.
wow i'm jealous too...i'm absolutely infatuated with whales...i used to wanna be a marine biologist ...things changed cuz of circumstances..now i hope to photograph them and be able to contribute to saving them or something...i'd love to go whale watching one of these days..you're lucky smile cheers on a great photo!
  • PhotoSam
  • London, U.K.
  • 12 Mar 2008, 16:25
very nicely captured...
  • Astrid
  • The Netherlands
  • 12 Mar 2008, 16:36
This is a very unique picture, I just love it, you are so fortunate to even spot this one...love the movement in it.
  • tim
  • United Kindom
  • 12 Mar 2008, 17:17
great capture Kay, lucky you so envioussmile
You are so luckysmile I would suffer seasickness gladly to see a whale!
Nice shot, Kay. I went whale watching last September in Boston. It was a fascinating experience. They are amazing creatures. Nice capture with this one.
Wow ! It's one of my dream to see that ! Great and impressive !
  • Ellie
  • chilly and windy UK
  • 12 Mar 2008, 23:45
Wow, Kay, lucky you to have seen even this - and to have clicked the shutter at the right moment. smile
I went off whale-watching because on the two occasions we've been, (from Maine and Massachusetts) we only saw something shiny and black for brief moments as they rolled over. Could have been an oil slick for all I know.

This is what I expected to see but was disappointed not to find. Well caught.

Now you've rekindled my expectations and, as we are coming to Vancouver in June/July, we may well try again for this classic tail shot. They tell me, though, you are just as likely to see such animals on the inter-island ferries as on specialist whale-watching trips. What say you on that, Kay?
well that beats any shot from any whale trip i've taken. nice work!
Kay: Hi Heather!
Thank you so much for your wonderful comment! I'm sorry about the delay in response. I spent the whole weekend finishing up the edits of the pictures taken in Hawaii.

I can't wait to check out your blog!

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