Humpback Whale Mom and Calf Synchronized Breach

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This humpback whale mom (right) and calf (left) performed a synchronized breach in the Monterey Bay last summer.  Why the mom and calf pair sometimes breach together, or how they communicate to arrange to do so, is a mystery.  I am always eager to photograph the elusive breaching behavior of whales and the boat captain said that he has observed humpbacks breaching more in the afternoons.  I’ve heard from another boat captain that the whales breach more as the wind picks up and the water gets choppy, which is also typically in the afternoons, but choppy water/wind also causes the boat to rock from side to side, making whale photography more challenging.

Technical Details: Canon 7D, Canon 100-400L

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