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Humpback whale

Megaptera novaeangliae

Notes:

Allied Whale http://www.coa.edu/html/nahc.htm is expanding their Southern Ocean's catalog and I am their link with flickr. I trolling through the thousands of great fluke photos taken by "ordinary tourist" and uploaded to flickr... buried treasures... that can be found in a search. Thanks to two flickr members I made this match. The photo on the left was taken in 2004 by Scott Portelli http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottyporte... and the one on the right was taken by Karen Stone http://www.flickr.com/photos/karenvarnde... in 2010! Six years apart! So this particular whale returned years later! Created with <a href="http://bighugelabs.com" rel="nofollow">fd's Flickr Toys</a>



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17 Comments

Gabe39
Gabe39 3 years ago

Amazing Gale!!!

Amazing animal by God

Jeannette
Jeannette 7 years ago

Great work :)

Jellis
Jellis 7 years ago

NIce spotting

harsuame
harsuame 7 years ago

Espectacular_:::

ForestDragon
ForestDragon 7 years ago

That is just amazing! Great work!

bayucca
bayucca 7 years ago

Excellent work, indeed!

KarenL
KarenL 7 years ago

Gale, congratulations, your awesome detective work is featured in the project Noah blog today! http://blog.projectnoah.org/

patty
patty 7 years ago

Lovely fluke pictures; I always thought whale fluking to be a nice way of saying "goodbye", at least for a while...
The quotations that make reference to your saying in PN's blog provide an interesting - and important - point of view too. Greetings

galewhale..Gale
galewhale..Gale 7 years ago

Thanks all.... just goes to show how important "citizen science is". If you take fluke photo, especially in the southern oceans, please let me know.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/flukematche...

9brandon
9brandon 7 years ago

High fives!

KarenL
KarenL 7 years ago

Awesome Gale! Great detective work!

meiyen chng
meiyen chng 7 years ago

Must have been amazing to see this.

galewhale..Gale
galewhale..Gale 7 years ago

Samantha it is indeed fantastic. Now we just need to find where this whale goes to feed. Tonga is its mating and birthing ground, it most likely goes to waters around the Antartic to feed. Hope people touring or working in the Antarctic will keep an eye out for him/her and send a fluke photo if they find her.

SamanthaCraven
SamanthaCraven 7 years ago

Fantastic!

galewhale..Gale
galewhale..Gale 7 years ago

Thanks!! it was so exciting to make the match and know this whale return to Tonga at least once.

Hema
Hema 7 years ago

stunning!

galewhale..Gale
Spotted by
galewhale..Gale

Tongatapu, Tonga

Lat: -20.69, Long: -175.46

Spotted on Jan 22, 2010
Submitted on Jan 22, 2012

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