Adult male humpback whale bubble streaming underwater, Megaptera novaeangliae

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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, Megaptera novaeangliae, natural history stock photograph, photo id 04445
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
Location: Maui, Hawaii
Image ID: 04445
Format: Digital 2:3
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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.