Humpback Whale, Megaptera novaeangliae waving a pectoral fin or fluke at people in kayaks. Avila Beach, California

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    This Humpback whale did a little bit of a roll while feeding in Port San Luis Harbor near Avila Beach giving us a view of either its pectoral fin or a fluke. You can see the scale between the Person standing on the paddle board and the size of the fin or fluke. This whale is massive!

    mikebaird, emdot, Pacdog, yugenro, and 3 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Cat Whiskers - Nan 31 months ago | reply

      Oh wow, this is great! Do you think he is high 5ing the crowd? This is the first one I've seen with the fin. Great capture!

    2. catchlightdon 31 months ago | reply

      I like the comparison you've pointed out. The isolation of the pectoral fin and the human interaction adds great interest IMO.

    3. mikebaird 31 months ago | reply

      What a testimonial for the Canon 500mm you and the others are making this week!

    4. lamoustique 31 months ago | reply

      Those fins are immense! Great capture.

    5. Bill Bouton 31 months ago | reply

      Great shot for reference of the size.

    6. shannanussbaum 31 months ago | reply

      Donald, we were the kayakers in the bay that morning. What an amazing experience! Do you have any other pictures of us? Would you be willing to share them? I also have a few up close and personal shots that I will download when I get home and sure them with you!

    7. Beth Sargent 31 months ago | reply

      Wow Donald Nice roll action. Excellent set of images.

    8. PAL_MLJ 31 months ago | reply

      Beautiful and lucky siting! Very jealous to have missed this event.

    9. flythebirdpath~}~}~} 31 months ago | reply

      I love this wave from the sea.....sweet!

    10. Kris De Roo 31 months ago | reply

      Those are it's flukes. Note the serrated edge.

    11. jkirkhart35 30 months ago | reply

      For the life of me, I can not believe that those people thought they were safe out there. Wow!

    12. flukematcher/Gale 30 months ago | reply


      Of course one worries for the safety of the people but also for the whale, they face so many dangers (boat traffic, entanglement) and disruptions now from human noise and traffic that wonderful as an experience like this is, remember to consider the whales wellbeing and give them space to live their lives.

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