Humpback whale lunge feeding on Antarctic krill, with mouth open and baleen visible. The humbpack's pink throat grooves are seen as its pleated throat becomes fully distended as the whale fills its mouth with krill and water. The water will be pushed out, while the baleen strains and retains the small krill. Gerlache Strait, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
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Species: Humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae
Location: Gerlache Strait, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
Lat/Long: S 064° 35' 06.73", W 062° 39' 31.13" (Coordinates: -64.58520°, -62.65865°)
Format: Digital 3:2
Other Names: humpbacked whale, hump back whale
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NOTE: This photograph was taken during Hawaii Whale Research Foundation research activities conducted under NOAA/NMFS and State of Hawaii permit. Its use is subject to certain restrictions. Please contact the photographer for more information.
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