Maui Humpback Whales

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My wife and family went to Maui to enjoy some sun and warm away from the PNW. For me, I was in search of the Humpback whales.
We went out on a few Raft trips to chase down the whales and boy or boy, were there a lot of whales.
the Naturalist indicated last week, there were around 3,000 whales in the Maui waters and this year was the highest on record of births.
While it is very very hard to capture a breach by your boat as you never know when or where, we did have a great adventure with the whales.
While snorkeling in the water, you could actually hear the Whale songs, and was able to record that on my GoPro.. very cool.
this was our first year on this adventure so we are planning a return in 2021 now that we know more behavior of the Whales and how to photograph them.

In image # 4, this whale was around 10 ft from the Zodiac when it stuck its head around 5 feet out of the water and gave us a look over. Amazing to see.

My tip is that one person has the DSLR and the other has their GoPro on a stick to put into the water when the whales come by, and record them swimming in the water. We did not do that and in retrospect, that is a great idea for 2021.
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great points.. thanks.. yes it was amazing.. planning our return in 2021 and chatting with the raft operators looking for more of a Whale chaser for photography than a pleasure cruise.. will see
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Wow. What an experience. The tail shot is really excellent. I know from experience that shooting them is harder than it looks. Finding them actually doing something interesting, timing, background, etc...
 
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Wow. What an experience. The tail shot is really excellent. I know from experience that shooting them is harder than it looks. Finding them actually doing something interesting, timing, background, etc...
it is very challenging to capture them being Active.. the mom/calves are swimming together, so you are looking for a pod of males or a male that is challenging an escort male as its time to birth as well as time to breed.. so its all about timing and being in the right spot at the right time.. some are lucky on their first time out, others need hours on the water... I enjoy being on the water, so happy to be out there.
 
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