Humpback whale breach

  • A humpback whale breaches off the Big Island, Hawaii
  • A humpback whale breaches off the Big Island, Hawaii
  • A humpback whale breaches off the Big Island, Hawaii

This is the first of a pair of similar posts for Becky’s April Squares challenge theme of ‘Bright.’ (See more responses here.)

Early last month, I was nearing the end of a walk on a trail along a west-facing shore in North Kohala. I looked out toward the late-afternoon sun sparkling on the water and thought I saw a paddleboarder. A moment later, the paddleboarder fell into the water, then miraculously emerged again. I realized this was not a person, but a humpback whale slapping a pectoral fin. The whale was close enough to shore that the long fin appeared human-sized.

I moved to the shoreline, sat on a rock, and got my camera ready. The whale moved on underwater. So I returned to the trail, looked back one last time, and saw a different whale breach a little farther out. Back to the shoreline and my seat, camera again ready.

This whale was more cooperative and launched itself upward again. I was able to get these images which, shooting into the sun, look almost black and white.

28 thoughts on “Humpback whale breach

  1. bushboy

    Such a wonderful experience. I am also lucky enough to live close enough to the coast to go over when the whales are migrating up and down. Some spots get rather crowded now-a-days though. Great photos Graham 🙂

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  2. Kitty

    Tha casual way you’re describing this makes me laugh out loud. “Went for a walk and oh btw.. saw one of the most incredible creatures jump out of the water and yeah.. got some really amazing pictures.. as you do… you know? Amazing.. 👌♥

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    1. Graham Post author

      I agree. They’re mostly gone from Hawaii now on their way back to Alaska, but there are still a few around. I think I’ve heard more singing this year than in previous years.

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        1. Graham Post author

          Yes, the males sing. It’s really quite beautiful and when I hear it I always pop my head out of the water to see if I can see the whale, but the songs can travel many miles.

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