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
Species: Humpback whale
, Megaptera novaeangliae
Image ID: 04445
Format: Digital 2:3
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