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The tropical waters off of Hawaii are home of the first marine sanctuary dedicated to the protection of a single species. For reasons still unknown, approximately two thirds of the North Pacifics humpback whale population mate and calve in the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale Marine Sanctuary each winter. Whale researchers also migrate to Hawaiian waters to gather data on many whales in a single season. Heavily hunted until 1960 and protected since 1966, humpback populations are making a comeback. Today population estimates rage upward of 30,000 worldwide. Humpbacks tend to favor shallow waters, often close to shore, and are the most surface active whales making them relatively easy to observe. As a consequence we know more about them than any other whale, but there is still much to learn.
Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) breaching, Southeast Alaska  -  Flip  Nicklin
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00128649 Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) breaching, Southeast Alaska© Flip Nicklin
Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) breaching, vulnerable, southeast Alaska  -  Flip  Nicklin
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00999057 Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) breaching, vulnerable, southeast Alaska© Flip Nicklin
Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) breaching, Southeast Alaska  -  Flip  Nicklin
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00128650 Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) breaching, Southeast Alaska© Flip Nicklin
Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) blow hole, Southeast Alaska  -  Flip  Nicklin
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00128658 Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) blow hole, Southeast Alaska© Flip Nicklin
Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) pod cooperative feeding, vulnerable, southeast Alaska  -  Flip  Nicklin
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00999121 Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) pod cooperative feeding, vulnerable, southeast Alaska© Flip Nicklin
Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) feeding showing baleen plates, vulnerable, southeast Alaska  -  Flip  Nicklin
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00999112 Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) feeding showing baleen plates, vulnerable, southeast Alaska© Flip Nicklin
Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) feeding showing baleen plates, vulnerable, southeast Alaska  -  Flip  Nicklin
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00999111 Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) feeding showing baleen plates, vulnerable, southeast Alaska© Flip Nicklin
Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) pod cooperative feeding, vulnerable, southeast Alaska  -  Flip  Nicklin
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00999118 Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) pod cooperative feeding, vulnerable, southeast Alaska© Flip Nicklin
Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) cooperative gulp feeding on herring school, Southeast Alaska  -  Flip  Nicklin
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00128641 Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) cooperative gulp feeding on herring school, Southeast Alaska© Flip Nicklin
Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) cooperative gulp feeding on herring school, Southeast Alaska  -  Flip  Nicklin
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00124053 Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) cooperative gulp feeding on herring school, Southeast Alaska© Flip Nicklin
Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) cooperative gulp feeding on herring school, Southeast Alaska  -  Flip  Nicklin
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00116313 Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) cooperative gulp feeding on herring school, Southeast Alaska© Flip Nicklin
Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) gulp feeding, Southeast Alaska  -  Flip Nicklin
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00079998 Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) gulp feeding, Southeast Alaska© Flip Nicklin
Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) gulp feeding, Southeast Alaska  -  Flip Nicklin
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00079984 Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) gulp feeding, Southeast Alaska© Flip Nicklin
Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) cooperative gulp feeding on herring school, Southeast Alaska  -  Flip  Nicklin
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00116324 Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) cooperative gulp feeding on herring school, Southeast Alaska© Flip Nicklin
Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) group engage in cooperative gulp feeding on Herring school, Southeast Alaska  -  Flip  Nicklin
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00128695 Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) group engage in cooperative gulp feeding on Herring school, Southeast Alaska© Flip Nicklin
Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) pod cooperative feeding, vulnerable, southeast Alaska  -  Flip  Nicklin
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00999117 Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) pod cooperative feeding, vulnerable, southeast Alaska© Flip Nicklin
Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) diving amid flocking seabrids that are feeding on herring, vulnerable, Aleutian Islands, Alaska  -  Flip  Nicklin
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00999034 Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) diving amid flocking seabrids that are feeding on herring, vulnerable, Aleutian Islands, Alaska© Flip Nicklin
Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) multiple spouts, Maui, Hawaii  -  Flip  Nicklin
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00128682 Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) multiple spouts, Maui, Hawaii© Flip Nicklin
Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) blow hole, Southeast Alaska  -  Flip  Nicklin
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00128657 Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) blow hole, Southeast Alaska© Flip Nicklin
Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) breaching near whale watching boat, Southeast Alaska  -  Flip  Nicklin
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00128653 Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) breaching near whale watching boat, Southeast Alaska© Flip Nicklin
Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) breaching near whale watching boat, Southeast Alaska  -  Flip  Nicklin
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00128654 Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) breaching near whale watching boat, Southeast Alaska© Flip Nicklin
Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) breaching near whale watching boat, Southeast Alaska  -  Flip  Nicklin
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00124052 Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) breaching near whale watching boat, Southeast Alaska© Flip Nicklin
Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) researcher Dr James Darling listening to whales, Hawaii  -  Flip  Nicklin
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00116334 Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) researcher Dr James Darling listening to whales, Hawaii© Flip Nicklin
Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) researcher Dr James Darling listening to singing whales, Maui, Hawaii  -  Flip  Nicklin
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00128684 Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) researcher Dr James Darling listening to singing whales, Maui, Hawaii© Flip Nicklin
Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) research, equipment for recording songs, Maui, Hawaii  -  Flip  Nicklin
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00128683 Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) research, equipment for recording songs, Maui, Hawaii© Flip Nicklin
Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) tail, Frank, taken in March 10, 1979 Same whale was photographed by F Nicklin in March 1, 1997, Maui, Hawaii  -  Jim Darling
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00128214 Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) tail, Frank, taken in March 10, 1979 Same whale was photographed by F Nicklin in March 1, 1997, Maui, Hawaii© Jim Darling
Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) researcher Dr Bruce Mate satellite tagging whales, Maui, Hawaii - notice must accompany publication; photo obtained under NMFS permit 987  -  Flip  Nicklin
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00128690 Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) researcher Dr Bruce Mate satellite tagging whales, Maui, Hawaii - notice must accompany publication; photo obtained under NMFS permit 987© Flip Nicklin
Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) contesting for female with research boat, Maui, Hawaii - notice must accompany publication; photo obtained under NMFS permit 987
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00128639 Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) contesting for female with research boat, Maui, Hawaii - notice must accompany publication; photo obtained under NMFS permit 987© Flip Nicklin
Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) spouting near fishing boat, Southeast Alaska  -  Flip  Nicklin
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00128655 Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) spouting near fishing boat, Southeast Alaska© Flip Nicklin
Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) researcher Jim Darling photographing whales for identification, southeast Alaska  -  Flip  Nicklin
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00128693 Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) researcher Jim Darling photographing whales for identification, southeast Alaska© Flip Nicklin
Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) researchers Lea Gerber and Dr James Darling shoot biopsy darts at whales with dart bouncing off whale unnoticed, carrying a sample of fat and skin in the tip, A...  -  Flip  Nicklin
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00128635 Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) researchers Lea Gerber and Dr James Darling shoot biopsy darts at whales with dart bouncing off whale unnoticed, carrying a sample of fat and skin in the tip, A...© Flip Nicklin
Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) researcher Dr James Darling shooting biopsy dart into whale, dart bounces off whale unnoticed, carrying a sample of fat and skin in the tip, Southeast Alaska  -  Flip  Nicklin
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00124049 Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) researcher Dr James Darling shooting biopsy dart into whale, dart bounces off whale unnoticed, carrying a sample of fat and skin in the tip, Southeast Alaska© Flip Nicklin
Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) shot by researcher Dr Jim Darling with a biopsy dart to collect samples of fat and skin for genetic tests, southeast Alaska
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00128637 Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) shot by researcher Dr Jim Darling with a biopsy dart to collect samples of fat and skin for genetic tests, southeast Alaska© Flip Nicklin
Biopsy dart in fin of Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) to collect samples of fat and skin for genetic tests, southeast Alaska  -  Flip  Nicklin
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00128638 Biopsy dart in fin of Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) to collect samples of fat and skin for genetic tests, southeast Alaska© Flip Nicklin
Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) researcher Dr James Darling holds tip of biopsy dart used to collect genetic data on whales, southeast Alaska  -  Flip  Nicklin
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00128636 Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) researcher Dr James Darling holds tip of biopsy dart used to collect genetic data on whales, southeast Alaska© Flip Nicklin
Humpback Whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) research notes taken by Dr James Darling while observing whales, southeast Alaska  -  Flip  Nicklin
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00128634 Humpback Whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) research notes taken by Dr James Darling while observing whales, southeast Alaska© Flip Nicklin
Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) group photographed by BBC film crew with remote camera mounted on air ship, Southeast Alaska  -  Flip  Nicklin
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00128691 Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) group photographed by BBC film crew with remote camera mounted on air ship, Southeast Alaska© Flip Nicklin
Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) group photographed by BBC film crew with remote camera mounted on air ship, southeast Alaska  -  Flip  Nicklin
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00128660 Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) group photographed by BBC film crew with remote camera mounted on air ship, southeast Alaska© Flip Nicklin
Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) group photographed by BBC film crew with remote camera mounted on air ship, Southeast Alaska  -  Flip  Nicklin
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00128661 Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) group photographed by BBC film crew with remote camera mounted on air ship, Southeast Alaska© Flip Nicklin
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