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Humpback whale

Humpback whale
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Copyright: Georg Isbary (oki) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 79 W: 10 N: 114] (587)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-24
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D300 with MB_D10, Nikkor 24-120mm / F 3,5-5,6 D AF
Exposure: f/11, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-06-12 9:19
Viewed: 3122
Points: 8
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My whife and me were lucky to have a sunny day on the ocean. We found a group of about 7 males, diving around our boat. I love this photo due to the water drops on the back, same as the fountain of another male in the background! Hope you like it as well...

Here some facts of ngm:

Type: Mammal
Diet: Omnivore
Size: 48 to 62.5 ft (14.6 to 19 m)
Weight: 40 tons (36 metric tons)
Group name: Pod
Protection status: Endangered

Humpback whales are known for their magical songs, which travel for great distances through the world's oceans. These sequences of moans, howls, cries, and other noises are quite complex and often continue for hours on end. Scientists are studying these sounds to decipher their meaning. It is most likely that humpbacks sing to communicate with others and to attract potential mates.

These whales are found near coastlines, feeding on tiny shrimp-like krill, plankton, and small fish. Humpbacks migrate annually from summer feeding grounds near the poles to warmer winter breeding waters closer to the equator. Mothers and their young swim close together, often touching one another with their flippers with what appear to be gestures of affection. Females nurse their calves for almost a year, though it takes far longer than that for a humpback whale to reach full adulthood. Calves do not stop growing until they are ten years old.
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Humpbacks are powerful swimmers, and they use their massive tail fin, called a fluke, to propel themselves through the water and sometimes completely out of it. These whales, like others, regularly leap from the water, landing with a tremendous splash. Scientists aren't sure if this breaching behavior serves some purpose, such as cleaning pests from the whale's skin, or whether whales simply do it for fun.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2009-06-12 14:21]

Fantastic shot, Georg!
Superb timing.
Very sharp.
Great clarity.

Very well done,


Hello Georg,
Hopefully you didn't receive a gesture of affection:-)
Impressive 'little' whale. Quite an experience probably to witness this fantastic happening.
TFS your work.

Hi Georg,

this one are an fantastic shot, not many people see this in real.
Good pov and sharpness.


hello Georg

excellent photo of the Humpback whale with fine POV & DOF,
you clicked the photo at the best moment,
sharpness and details are excellent, TFS


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