Mother raises her fluke in preparation for a dive. Calf in foreground spouts just prior to its dive. Late Afternoon light.
As with many of the large baleen whales the Humpback was hunted to near extinction before a whaling moratorium was introduced in the mid nineteen sixties.
Humpbacks are rarely seen off the Southern California coast.
Range: Can be found nearly worldwide. In the Pacific from the Bering Sea to Southern Mexico and Hawaii.
Species: Megaptera novaeangliae
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