Adult male humpback whale bubble streaming underwater, Megaptera novaeangliae



Adult male humpback whale bubble streaming underwater.  The male escort humpback whale seen here is emitting a curtain of bubbles as it swims behind a female during competitive group activities.  The bubble curtain may be meant as warning or visual obstruction to other nearby male whales interested in the female. Maui, Hawaii, USA, Megaptera novaeangliae, natural history stock photograph, photo id 04445Add To Light Table
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Adult male humpback whale bubble streaming underwater. The male escort humpback whale seen here is emitting a curtain of bubbles as it swims behind a female during competitive group activities. The bubble curtain may be meant as warning or visual obstruction to other nearby male whales interested in the female. Maui, Hawaii, USA

Stock Photo: 04445
Species: Humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae
Location: Maui, Hawaii, USA
Format: Digital 2:3
Other Names: humpbacked whale, hump back whale
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