Another example of a humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) peforming a peduncle throw. In this case, rather than flicking the fluke sideways, the whale has lifted its fluke and peduncle vertically, slinging water in all directions. Notice the rake marks on the underside of the whales fluke, which are almost certainly caused by attacks by orca (killer whales).
| North Pacific humpback whale, peduncle throw. Maui, Hawaii, USA.
Species: Megaptera novaeangliae
Location: Maui, Hawaii, USA
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This photograph was taken during Hawaii Whale Research Foundation research activities conducted under provisions of NOAA / NMFS and State of Hawaii scientific research permits.
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