Humpback Whale Missing Fluke

Recently, we visited Tonga to snorkel with the humpback whales and their calves. We had a wonderful time and some amazing experiences. We started the trip on the islands of Vava’u, then Ha’apai with the last night on Eua. While on a whale swim cruise with Whale Discoveries in Ha’apai, we came across this female humpback whale that had most of its right fluke missing!

Even with most of her right fluke missing, she looked very healthy and had a healthy calf with her. Prior to getting this photo of her fluke, both her and her calf were breaching a number of times.

Here is 100% crop of the fluke.

More whale photos coming up soon.

Posted on 14 September 2011, in Travel, Wildlife. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Beautiful and breath taking picture

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