Wednesday, September 22, 2010

"Admiral, there be whales here!"

You think trying to capture a photo of a pulling guard in a nighttime high school football game is hard, try getting a shot of one of these guys feeding...

This is image is of one of a group of humpback whales practicing cooperative feeding north of Monterey Bay, California.

This feeding behavior is what you won't see while the whales are mating or giving birth in their winter homes, such as Maui, Hawaii.

Summer is all about turning krill into 1000s of lbs of fat to live on during the winter.  What you will see in Maui is more acrobatics as the males fight over the females or just engage in what seems to be a higher level of competitive or protective interaction.