Category: humpback whale


It took 6(!) years of observing whales to finally get a photo of a “rainblow.”

These only occur when light hits the water droplets created by a whale’s exhalation (warm air from the lungs meeting cool air outside) and is reflected inside the drops before being refracted outside, creating the colors of the visible light spectrum. Just like with normal rainbows, the sun has to be behind you in order for you to see it.

It may sound simple enough, but given whales do not stay still and sunny days are relatively rare here in Alaska…it’s hard for all the conditions of a rainblow to be met!

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Migaloo, the famous albino humpback whale 💙

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end0skeletal:Humpback Whale by Tobias Hägg


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Tobias Hägg

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Top Shot: Topsy Turvy in Tonga

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A humpback whale calf swims in the waters of Tonga’s Vava’u islands. Each year, humpback whales come to Tonga between July and September. Photograph by Marc Henauer

lifeunderthewaves: Baby by GabyBarathieu Baby …


Baby by GabyBarathieu Baby humpback whale

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Reiko Takahashi went from sitting at a desk to diving off the coast of Japan’s Kumejima Island to photograph humpback whales. It was the ultimate “follow your dreams” story, and her passion was vindicated when an especially poignant image of a humpback whale won the 2018 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year contest. Takahashi beat out more than 13,000 entries. “I was fortunate to have encountered a humpback whale with her calf on my first day snorkeling near Japan’s Kumejima Island. Most of the time, the calf stayed close to her mom. At one point, the calf began jumping and tapping its tail on the water near us — it was very friendly and curious. Finally, the mother, who was watching nearby, came to pick up the calf and swim away. I fell in love completely with the calf and it’s very energetic, large and beautiful tail.” — Reiko Takahashi. Go here to see the full galley of winning images that highlight the breadth of Earth’s biodiversity.

(📷: Photo by Reiko Takahashi/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest)

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Waving Goodbye by ChrisMelcherPhotography

Watching 40 tons of whale come flying out of t…

Watching 40 tons of whale come flying out of the water will never get old.

Kenai Fjords National Park is an excellent place to observe humpback whales on their feeding grounds. They’ll spend 4-5 months here fattening up on fish like herring, sand lance, and capelin before heading back down to the warm waters of Hawaii and Mexico to breed and give birth.