188_Humpback fluke, Madagascar, Oseana, the famous ahwc#1363

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    (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:

    Keep commenting :))
    I have delited all the comments from "comment me -groups" to save time for those with a low connection, thus only kept the ones concerning the photo and story!!
    Thank you, everybody !! :))

    seanmichaelragan, dACE :), and 156 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. carol koceja©..point lobos girl© 55 months ago | reply

      These are just so beautiful! How wonderful that you bring these to the world..Bless You!

    2. GavinduVenage 55 months ago | reply

      Great that this part of the world is one of the few places you can see whales from the shore. Your photo is part of the Southern African archive.

    3. luckywinch75 55 months ago | reply

      Thank you for your pictures; This is a beautiful critter!

    4. ZGrmy~so is the snow over? 55 months ago | reply

      this is just all so exciting!!!!!
      Congrats to you and Gale!!!!!!!

    5. Makena G 55 months ago | reply

      Gorgeous photo, and inspiring story. :)

    6. freddyjohansen 55 months ago | reply

      Thanks, folks!! I've never had more than 3.500 views on a photo before :)

    7. أحلاهن واتحداهن 54 months ago | reply

      Beautifulأحـ؛ٌـٌ~⁄ـلاهـ؛ٌـٌ~⁄ـن وأتحـ؛ٌـٌ~⁄ــدهـ؛ٌـٌ~⁄ـن

    8. xymox 54 months ago | reply

      What an awesome story!

    9. sugarbear1956 54 months ago | reply

      great work, Freddy!

    10. gloswildlifetrust 51 months ago | reply

      That's an amazing story! :) Well done! :)

    11. mlhradio 45 months ago | reply

      Congratulations on receiving more than 5,000 views -- that's quite impressive! Now that you've reached this milestone, you might want to consider graduating this photograph from the 'Views: 3000' group to the 'Views: 5000' group, which can be found here: www.flickr.com/groups/views5000/

      Once again, congratulations and hopefully your photos will receive many more views in the future! Reminder: Photos should only be in one 'Views:xx' group at a time. (This is an automatic message posted to all items in the 'Views: 3000' group that receive more than 5,000 views. There is no need to reply to this message.)

    12. flukematcher/Gale 45 months ago | reply

      Congratulations Freddie!!

    13. freddyjohansen 45 months ago | reply

      Hehe, thanks! :))

    14. tanviduttagupta 2 weeks ago | reply

      Hey, can I use this in a presentation I'm doing about what the internet has done for wildlife and conservation especially? Thanks!

    15. flukematcher/Gale 2 weeks ago | reply

      Hello again Freddy! Oseana lives on aye!!

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