During breeding season, male humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) often compete for eligible females. Here, one of six eager males vying for the attention of a female executes a pinpoint acrobatic maneuver that leaves an awe-inspiring swirl of whitewater in its wake, testimony to the animal's power and grace.
This encounter took place during the second time I got into the water with this group of whales. During the first pass, the whales swam past at high speed. I was not able to take any photographs, but I locked eyes with the whale doing the fluke flourish. There was something in his look, like a naughty boy that wanted to show off.
The next time around, I headed straight for him, and he for me. As he approached, I stopped and readied my camera in anticipation that he might do something. Sure enough, when the whale was directly in front of me, he executed this brilliant and quite memorable swirl of his fluke, gave me a wink (figuratively speaking of course), then headed back to join the others.
Capturing split-second moments in nature often happens far in advance of the actual event.
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