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Breaching Baby

Breaching Baby
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Copyright: Scott Evers (scottevers7) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2432 W: 3 N: 3894] (12309)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-02-28
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon EF 16-35 f/2.8L USM, B+W UV MRC
Exposure: f/11, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Whales, Orca's, Sharks and Dolphins!, Juveniles [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-03-31 22:37
Viewed: 4718
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I was out in a small zodiac boat on a whale watching trip off Maui. This new born baby decided to practice his breaching technique alonside our boat. Only having a 16-35 zoom, I could not bring him in closer. I know the horizion is in the middle, but cropping any farther into the photo causes to much quality loss for my taste. Besides, rules are made to be broken once in a while.

The humpback whale is a baleen whale and a rorqual whale that sings amazing songs. It performs complex and cooperative feeding techniques. The humpback has a bulky head with bumpy protuberances (tubercles), each with a bristle. Humpbacks are acrobats of the ocean, breaching and slapping the water. They live in pods and have 2 blowholes. The name humpback describes the motion it makes as it arches its back out of the water in preparation for a dive.

Humpback whales grow to be about 52 feet long, weighing 30-50 tons. The females are slightly larger than males, as with all baleen whales. The four-chambered heart of the average humpback whale weighs about 430 pounds - about as much as three average adult human beings.

Humpbacks come in 4 different color schemes, ranging from white to gray to black to mottled. There are distinctive patches of white on underside of the flukes (tail). These markings are unique to each individual whale, like a fingerprint. Humpback whales have 14-35 throat grooves that run from the chin to the navel. These grooves allow their throat to expand during the huge intake of water during filter feeding. They have small, round bumps on the front of the head (called knobs or tubercles), edging the jaws. Humpbacks have huge, mottled white flippers with rough edges that are up to one-third of its body length; these are the largest flippers of any whale. The humpback's genus, Megaptera, means "huge-wings," referring to its flippers. The flippers may have barnacles growing on them. The deeply-notched flukes (tail) are up to 12 feet (3.7 m) wide. Humpbacks have a small dorsal fin toward the flukes.

Humpback whales (like all baleen whales) are seasonal feeders and carnivores that filter feed tiny crustaceans (krill - mainly Euphausia superba, copepods, etc.), plankton, and small fish (including herring, mackerel, capelin, and sandeel) from the water. They are gulpers (not skimmers), filter feeders that alternatively swim then gulp a mouthful of plankton or fish. Concentrated masses of prey are preferable for this method of feeding. An average-sized humpback whale will eat 4,400-5,500 pounds (2000-2500 kg) of plankton, krill and small, schooling fish each day during the feeding season in cold waters (about 120 days). They eat twice a day.
The whales come to the Hawaiian Islands from December thru March to mate and give birth.

Janice, Luc, sAner, Runnerduck, honza, Comandante, marhowie, liquidsunshine, Lesley, Fisher, hummingbird24, Callie, papou, tinman, dew77, PDP, gerhardt, touristdidi, Ingrid1 has marked this note useful
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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-03-31 22:54]

Great Scott! So good to catch it in action. I saw some of these Humpbacks in OZ a few years back. I saw them in an August - they must have been heading north to Hawaii. Considering your lens, this is really good. Well done.

What a beautiful awesome shot! Quite a privelege to see and capture, well done. I love the deep blue color of the sea.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-04-01 0:33]

That is a very very cool shot! What a thrill. It must be very difficult to get such a clear shot of something so far, yet only have a very short time to react. Congratulations!

Amazing, you were very lucky to capture this Scott. The sea is amazing. I hope you don't mind but I've done a workshop.
Well done and thanks for sharing.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-04-01 3:30]

Excellent!!! WOW! This is so great! I went on a whalewatch in NZ a few months ago and was very happy with the photo I posted HERE, but this photo rocks. Man, this is good. Maybe a little cropping of the ocean would have helped but that's a minor nit. Well done and TFS!

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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2005-04-01 4:08]

Excellent capture Scott. Nice composition and sharpness. Well done.

Wonderful shot,
Blue colors of sky and sea,DOF,details and sharpness are perfect!

Great capture, I would clone out the boat, to keep the whale as main subject.
Well done.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-04-01 5:55]
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Scott it should be a great moment for you thank you very much to share it with us;)
I agree Philip about cloning the boat.I liked the blue tons in your shot.

Great shot Scott. The white underbelly of the Humpback really stands out well in the deep blues of your sea..And yes, rules are made to broken sometimes! ;-) Well done and TFS!

Well captured moment Scott,
The colours are great, and fantastic composition. This must have been really enjoyable to witness.
Excellent notes, Thanks for posting

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  • Lesley Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 297 W: 13 N: 913] (2988)
  • [2005-04-01 13:38]

Super shot!

This is really wonderful. Beautiful day for whale watching. Great capture and lucky moment for you. Thank you for sharing it with us.
I was whale watching in Tofino off Vancouver Island with my son a couple of years ago in a zodiac also. Took lots of photos, only to find out, that in my exitement I had the wrong lens on and had lots of pics with tiny little dots on them.(the whales) You did well!

I like this scene. Even the mountains in the background you can just make it out.
Well done capturing the young whale breaching. Excelent work.

Quarters tomomrrow, I ran out.

Hi Scott,
Now this is a sight to turn me a slight, sick green with envy, lucky you! Goes to show, it is the things that elude us that makes us long for them, not the things we can nail without too much trouble. TFS, I enjoyed.

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-04-02 10:27]

Fantastic image Scott just in time! amazing capture, great colours and sharpness, i like the boat far away,

You did a great work !


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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-04-03 21:54]

Scott, this is very nice. You captured a very nice moment. A rare and great picture.


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  • papou (83)
  • [2005-04-06 8:00]

Grande netteté de l'image. Bien joli personnage...
J'espère que nos enfants et petits-enfants auront encore l'occasion d'admirer un pareil spectacle.
Amicalement. Serge.

I agree on the rules issue - well done here

nice motive and wery good coloure

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-05-08 8:41]

Personal assessment of the photo: great.
Good visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much Scott for this small fish ;-)

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-06-01 5:57]

Well Scott, I'm not bothered about where the horizon is here, it's a great capture and a sight that I hope my eyes can see one day. Great shot what a moment. Well done.

This is a very exciting capture. I am going down to the ocean in September when they are giving birth and hope to get the same type of capture. Well done.

That is such a wonderful photo. I love how his fin curves over him!

Nice action.
The boat and montain are not interesting in themselves but create a good composition without cropping.

Dear Scott
I am pleased for you to have observed this humpback baby, and I add it to my theme "Juveniles".

I find your image a well balanced photo. Hey, this is all about the whale and not land/sea scapes :-) you were really lucky to get this Juvenile shot so well in focus.
Thanks for sharing.
Warm greetings from the Tzaneen Dam in Limpopo, South Africa

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