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188_Humpback fluke, Madagascar, Oseana, the famous ahwc#1363 | by freddyjohansen
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188_Humpback fluke, Madagascar, Oseana, the famous ahwc#1363

(This finding was published in the United Kingdom's Royal Society scientific journal Biology Letters.)


This female humpback whale, in the channel between Nosy Boraha (Ile Sainte Marie) and Madagascar, travelled more than 9,800 kilometres from breeding areas in Brazil to these in Madagascar, setting a record for the longest mammal migration ever documented.


When I took this image, in 2001, I had no idea that a humpbacks fluke was like a fingerprint, had I've known I would have scanned the negative and given it to the right people a lot sooner. In 2009 I began the tremendous job of scanning each of the hundreds of negatives i got during my three months long vacation in Madagascar, not because I thought any of my images was anything special, but because I enjoy working with pictures and I thought it would be a great idea to keep them on flickr as a backup! When Gale McCullough told me it was not only a match, but a very important match, it took me a while to let it sink in! Because I have been birdringing for many years, I find similarities to when a birdwatcher reads a color ring on a Grey Heron through his telescope, only in this case the humpbacks tag is its fluke!! I can't help but think about all those images lying around in people's homes, of flukes just waiting to be matched :))


Read more about whale number 1363 and her long journey from Brazil to Madagascar:


And here is a more complete backstory to the discovery, written by Gale McCullough:



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Taken on September 21, 2001