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The Humpback Whale has the longest pectoral fins of any whale. The fin alone can be a staggering 5 metres long. These flippers are one of the features of a Humpback that discourages Killer Whales from attacking them when they're adults. One blow from a barnacle-lined pectoral fin could be enough to kill a Killer Whale. This Humpback Whale was pectoral slapping: repeatedly raising and slapping its pectoral fin on the surface. Studies in the Southern Hemisphere have suggested that "surface active" behaviours like pectoral slapping, breaching or tail-lobbing are linked to communication. One study, by the University of Queensland, strongly suggested that this pectoral slapping was linked to short-distance communication. They found an increase in these pectoral slapping when another whale joined the group, or they were about to split up. Humpback Whales are the most studied whale, and even so, we still have far more questions than answers when it comes to these giants.
Sunday afternoon's whale watch was all about the flipper slapping! We had a group of three Humpback Whales (that later turned into a group of four) that flipper slapped with each surfacing. These whales even flipper slapped belly up, lifting both of their pectoral fins up in the air at the same time! (MS) #7seaswhalewatch #whalewatching #whalewatchingtour #whalewatch #naturetrip #naturephotography #humpbackwhales #humpbackwhale #humpbacks #humpback #whales #whale #cetaceans #cetacean #flippers #flipper #pectoralfins #pectoralfin #jeffreysledge #gulfofmaine #gloucester #gloucesterma #capeann
Don't wave goodbye just yet! The humpback whale season has been phenomenal so far. It's always wonderful to see so many whales visit our tropical waters but soon we will have to see them leave. The cycle repeats itself every year as these ocean giants migrate thousands of kilometers through open ocean. Let's hope we can see them for a little longer. #pectoralfin #whale #humpbackwhale #megapteranovaeangliae #baleineabosse #eyecontact #wavegoodbye #stayalittlelonger #humpbackwhaleseason #wildlife #underwaterphotos #underwaterphotography #divingphoto #deepblue #natgeowild #oceangiants #migration #oceanspirit #stopwhaling #stopthehunt #savethewhales #loveocean #protectthesea #ocean #nature #underwater
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A whale named Sword flipper slapping on a recent trip. Reaching lengths of up to 16 feet and weighing upwards of 2,000 lbs, the pectoral fin of the Humpback Whale is the largest appendage found in the animal kingdom! (MS) #7seaswhalewatch #whalewatching #whalewatchingtour #whalewatch #naturetrip #naturephotography #humpbackwhale #humpback #whale #cetacean #flipper #pectoralfin #gloucester #gloucesterma #capeann #jeffreysledge #gulfofmaine
“Ascension”. Luna, the calf, emerges from the deep without her mother to take a few breaths and engage with those watching her. Kudos to the #jellyfish and #anemone larvae that gave me 97 stings in 6 days. Those are the particles you see. #humpbackwhale #whalewatching #swimmingwithwhales #tonga #haapai #humpback #pectoralfin #ocean #marinelife #whalesinthewild
If you've ever smelled the scent of a humpback whale spout, you know there is no worse smell! If you've ever had the fluid from the spout land on you, it is not normal water! It is oily, fish oily. And the smell from the digesting fish can take out a legion of strong men! . . . . . . #dronesey #humpback #whale #whales #whalewatching #ocean #anchovies #krill #baitfish #feeding #baitball #sea #pismobeach #centralcoast #centralcoastca #spout #finsrestaurant #whalespout #humpbackwhale #dji #mavicpro #centralcoasting #travelphotography #photooftheday #pectoralfin #groverbeach #drone #dronesey #barnacle
An odd shaped carp with a missing pectoral fin 🤔 warrior! #carp #carpangling #ukfishing #lake #summer #england #pectoralfin
"Megaptera" is the scientific name for humpback whales. It means "giant wings" in greek and is a reference to their noticeably long and powerful pectoral fins. Each fin can measure a third of the whale's length. Humpbacks often display certain behaviours at the surface like slapping the water with their fins. Although it has yet to be proven, this is believed to be a form of communication. When in the water with these giants, one should be careful and try to respect a safe distance in case the whale gets "slappy". #slapping #pectoralfin #behaviour #whale #whales #humpbackwhale #megapteranovaeangliae #wildlife #underwaterphotos #reunionisland #oceangiants #beautifulbeast #stopthehunt #stopicelandwhaling #stopwhaling #savethewhales #lovethesea #oceanambassador #blueocean #powerful #underwater #nature #ocean
This is the longest appendage in the animal kingdom, can be 15 ft and weigh 1,200 pounds by itself. #Humpbackwhales have the widest wingspan of all the whales. #pecslapping #pectoralfin #waving #stellwagenbank #nationalmarinesanctuary #whalewatch
Show me your pectoral fin! 💪👈 deze vis heeft ze zeker!
Minke whale friendly🐋 This video was taken during my last trip with @whalewatchwestcork .You can see the white stripe on the whales pectoral fin shining through the water, it definitely helps anticipate when the whale is going to come up for air (and also makes it easier to catch on video🙊). . . . #minkewhale #minkewhales #surfacing #pectoralfin #whalewhatching #cetaceans #whalewatchwestcork #june2018 #wildlifeencounter
cetaceans @ wainscott beach! #humpbacks #pectoralfin #spyhopping #ceta -1
For you @laurencharms ! When whale watching, we got treated to seeing a humpback whale wave Jr.’s pectoral fin at us! This is a bit choppy as it’s a series of photos but you get the idea! #whale #humpbackwhale #pectoralfin 📷: Nikon D800
Who's ready for the weekend?! Flame is! Humpback pectoral fins are the longest of any cetacean. All whales and dolphins have what's called hyperphalangy which is when there is an excess number of phalange digits in the forelimb. Humpbacks have up to 7-8 bones in their 3rd and 4th digits making for pectoral fins about a third their body length! We hardly ever get to see the size of these fins unless a whale, like Flame here, decides send them into the air as a form of communication. . . . #DolphinJetBoatTours #WhaleWatching #WhaleWatch #Whales #Humpbacks #HumpbackWhales #PectoralFin #PectoralFinSlap #RaiseYourHand #WhosExcited #Weekend #FlameTheWhale #JuneauAlaska #Juneau #Alaska #SoutheastAlaska #AK #SEAK #Cetacean #MarineWildlife #Wildlife #Ocean
Humpback slapping its pectoral fin right after a full breach on our 8/15/18 whale watch aboard the Pier Pressure in the Bay of Fundy. #humpbackwhale #eastportwindjammers #eastportmaine #pectoralfin #whalewatching #bayoffundy #pierpressure #eastport #humpback #humpbackwhales
The humpback whale is said to have one of the largest appendages in the entire animal kingdom. Their pectoral fins can reach one third of their body length. 🐋
Splash caused by a humpback whale slapping its pectoral fin on the surface - Bay of Fundy off Brier Island, Nova Scotia #humpback #humpbackwhale #whale #pectoralfin #wildlife #sealife #bayoffundy #brierisland #novascotia
Pectoral fin of humpback whale in Bay of Fundy off Brier Island, Nova Scotia #humpback #humpbackwhale #whale #pectoralfin #wildlife #sealife #bayoffundy #brierisland #novascotia
Both pectoral fins of a bottom-up humpback whale playing in the Bay of Fundy off Brier Island, Nova Scotia #humpback #humpbackwhale #whale #pectoralfin #pectoralfins #wildlife #sealife #ocean #atlanticocean #bayoffundy #brierisland #novascotia
Humpback Whale rolling in seaweed rafting offshore in the Bay of Fundy, off Brier Island, Nova Scotia. This is a common activity for these whales, but sometimes ropes from lost fishing gear drifts with the seaweed. Occasionally whales find themselves entangled in such ropes which can have devastating consequences for them #humpback #humpbackwhale #whale #pectoralfin #seaweed #wildlife #sealife #bayoffundy #brierisland #novascotia
Humpback Whale pectoral fin, Bay of Fundy off Brier Island, Nova Scotia #humpback #humpbackwhale #whale #pectoralfin #wildlife #sealife #bayoffundy #brierisland #novascotia
Humpback Whale’s pectoral fin, Bay of Fundy off Brier Island, Nova Scotia #humpback #humpbackwhale #whale #pectoralfin #wildlife #sealife #bayoffundy #brierisland #novascotia
Hands up if you’ve seen a dabbing whale 🙋‍♂️Not been out on the ocean yet this season but with the old man coming out to straya very soon, I’ll have the perfect excuse #humpbackwhale #dabbing #dab #pectoralfin #breachingwhale #westernaustralia #justanotherdayinwa #oceanecoadventures #gulfofexmouth #exmouth #northwest #whale #whalewatching
This is the pectoral fin of a humpback whale off Whale Cove, Digby, Nova Scotia at dusk. It was very quiet and the only sounds that could be heard were the whales blowing and slapping the water with their flukes and fins. A few minutes later this whale breached but I wasn’t able to photograph it #whale #humpbackwhale #pectoralfin #whalefin #sunset #dusk #wildlife #whalecove #digby #novascotia
The bumpy edge along the pectoral fin helps to reduce stall and to increase lift. Humpback whale pectoral fins have even inspired new aerodynamic designs for helicopters! . . 📷 by @valwatson on July 6th . . #vanislandwhalewatch #whalewatching #humpbacks #whale #pectoralfin #beautifulbc #salishsea #saveourseas #thanksbutnotanks #gentlegiant #aerodynamics
This is a pectoral fin and partial fluke of a humpback calf at Moss Landing #mosslanding #whalewatching #cetaceans #mosslandingca #redlands #pectoralfin #pectoralfins #humpbackwhale #california #humpbackwhales
A big wave hello from a friendly giant 👋🏼🐋 #humpbackwhale #wildlifecoastcruises #pectoralfin #phillipislandnp @phillipislandnp
Breaching, pec fin slapping, baby whale and the people watcher. All this from Friday mornings whale watch tour aboard @goldcoastadventures #goldcoastadventures
Bubble net feeding is a truly spectacular thing to experience. Out to nowhere and without any idea where a group of 9 humpbacks we had been following had disappeared to, I captured this image moments after they sprung up near us about 20 yards off of our starboard bow. Zoom in and observe the sheer size of these gentle giants. I’m always amazed how much their ventral pleats expand. This single whale in front appears to be contorted but it’s just the size of its gaping mouth in comparison to the 15 foot long pectoral fin on the left that makes it confusing. | Bubble Net Feeding Humpback Whales | Saginaw Channel, near Barlow Cove | Juneau, Alaska | ©️Zachary A.M. Kelly 2018 | . . | NOTE: Whales approached vessel. @gastineau_guiding follows all WhaleSense and NOAA whale watching rules, regulations and procedures. | . . #whale #humpback #humpbackwhale #whales #bubblenetfeeding #saginawchannel #juneau #juneaualaska #alaska #sealaska #southeastalaska #baleen #pectoralfin #noaa #whalesense #stepintoalaska #gastineauguiding #marinemammals
Humpback barrel roll. I swam for 40 mins before I went up to the cliff and had meditated, so I was in tune, and the whales had much to say 💙🐋👂 #whalemedicine
Suite de l’étude du requin : il me semble que c’est sa nageoire pelvienne 🤓 #unjourunpoisson #poisson #requin #nageoire #nageoires #nageoirepelvienne #pectoralfin #pectoralfins #fishphotography
WIP Why this Pectoral fin looks like an exotic Rooster tail 😂😂 Anyhow it has Inca and Aztec color theme #watercolor #pectoralfin #fish #fishpainting
Shiny pectoral fins 😍
#Repost @greatwhaleconservancy • • • • • A large pod of Sperm Whales sit on the surface of the sea together. This is a beautiful demonstration of the behavioral pattern called logging. ... Photography by Michael Fishbach .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. #art #grey #spermwhale #water #photography #whale #conservation #fineartphotography #artist #blue #sea #artfeature #supportart #earthwarriors #dorsalfin #pectoralfin #babyanimals #color #water #reflection #greatwhaleconservancy #whaleconservation #dailyart #artofinstagram #oceanconservation ##creativeconservation #whalepod
A large pod of Sperm Whales sit on the surface of the sea together. This is a beautiful demonstration of the behavioral pattern called logging. ... Photography by Michael Fishbach .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. #art #grey #spermwhale #water #photography #whale #conservation #fineartphotography #artist #blue #sea #artfeature #supportart #earthwarriors #dorsalfin #pectoralfin #babyanimals #color #water #reflection #greatwhaleconservancy #whaleconservation #dailyart #artofinstagram #oceanconservation ##creativeconservation #whalepod
"If your compassion does not include yourself it's incomplete" I don't know the author, I've found multiple services. But I've had to dose my self lots of compassion over the years just to gorw confident in my own personality and flaws. But ever year is filled with more and more joy😁😁 happy #pridemonth be the most "you" you can be. For me it's done wonders for my soul. #merman #mertailortail #mertailor #siliconetail #bluefish #blueandgold #fluke #lake #shore #tattoo #boisemer #boisemerman #estersimplotpark #pectoralfin #joy #lovemylife #weirdo
Feeding blue whale rolling around and waving its two meter pectoral fin
Happy Hump Day/Whale Wednesday! I've got another photo of one of my favorite whales, Tucker! (Don't tell the others!) They were having a whale of a time throwing their flukes around. You can just barely see the tip of a pectoral find while Tucker's upside-down in the water! . . . #DolphinJetBoatTours #Humpback #HumpbackWhales #HumpDay #WhaleWednesday #TailSlap #PectoralFin #Splash #SplashingAround #Tucker #Juneau #Alaska
Need a little bit of encouragement with work after the holiday weekend? Tucker the humpback's got a 15ft high-five waiting just for you! #DolphinJetBoatTours #Tucker #Humpback #HumpbackWhale #PectoralFin #PectoralFinSlap #HighFive #YouCanDoThis #Juneau #Alaska
Sometimes I get so overwhelmed with gratitude for the life I have. Thank you @mermaidmelanie for taking some awesome photos, and thank you @mertailor for making this all possible. #mertailortail #mertailor #merman #siliconetail #silicone #pectoralfin #sunbathıng #relax #bluefish #blueandgold #tattoo #goldcuff #boise #estersimplotpark #boisemerman #boisemer #mermaid
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