Humpbacks

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Well, these are nothing comparing to Baywing's amazing collections.

Just back from Cairns, Australia. On the return trip from the Great Barrier Reef, we spotted a humpback with her calf. It's a big bonus of the trip. All shot with the 24-120VR (darn! I wished I had the 70-200 with me).

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WOW! Mom and the calf both breaching repeatedly! You got lucky, they don't breach that often. I would suggest a little work in post process will really kick those photos up. Given the lens you had, you did very well, if they were that close to you, a longer lens might have done you more harm. Did you get wet?????? Not much smellier than whale breath.....
 
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Great series Phil. I agree with the other posters. Amazing that you got so many shots of them breaching, especially in tandem. :wink:
 
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Great shots, Phil! You were really lucky to see that much breaching going on and to be able to anticipate where they would come up to get those shots. And, sooooooo close to them!
 
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Hi Phil,

Those are great photos of the Humpbacks! It looks like you were very close to them.
For those that have not seen them in person, each flipper (arm) on the Humpback is about the size of one or two panels of a two-car garage door (maybe 3 feet by 18-20 feet).

Baywing,
Not much smellier than whale breath.....
What do you expect when you eat only seafood and don't floss after each meal? :p

Bob
 
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Those are great shots of the humpbacks. I can imagine what it was like being there so close to them. They are so powerful and just plain awesome.

-JM
 
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Thanks everybody!

Humpback is always my favourite animal and I was thrilled to see them breaching repeatedly right besides our boat, especially I didn't expect to see them. They were really beautiful.
 
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Bobhoge:

Actually, the flippers are shorter than that, more on the order of 13-15' or 1/3 of the body length. Proportionally, close to the length of a human arm compared to height. The flippers also have the same number of bones as a human hand and they are in the same orientation.
 
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