Yeimaya

Yeimaya

Posted on 11/20/2007


Photo taken on November 20, 2007


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Humpback Whales Humpback Whales


Marine Mammals Marine Mammals



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Wale und Delphine/Whales and Dolphins

Individual Humpbacks

Individual Humpbacks 

Each Humpback has a fluke as individual as the human face. Scientists, naturalists, whale watchers have been gathering and cataloging photos of these individuals since 1977 (in the North Atlantic at least). Many of these whales have been known, their lives followed for some part of the last 30 years! There are grandmothers here, young calves, males females..... wary ones, ones that seem to enjoy human company.

Most of these photos were gathered from the Humpback whale flukes group

1. AlphornGSC02_07_28, 2. Cane DSC_0375, 3. 1986 8/13 Fringe 0159, 4. Spoon 0150, 5. Orca bite marks, 6. Black & white, 7. for matching, 8. Bermuda Fluke 2005-3a, 9. Whaletail, 10. Back Flip, 11. Mostaza (gsc04_020113), 12. Bar Harbour, Whale Watching, 13. IMG_2116-crop, 14. humpback flukes 2, 15. "Ivory", 16. Humpback Whale Fluke, 17. Fluke 3, 18. DSC_0386, 19. Humpback Fluke, 20. ab_03, 21. Polevault Humpback Whale, 22. 1986 9-28 5J 0104 and calf, 23. whale day 320, 24. 86 9-29 Talon0305, 25. 87 9-12 fissure12 500

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Galah, Deadmanguru, Françoise Delestrade have particularly liked this photo


6 comments - The latest ones
Françoise Delestrade
Françoise Delestrade
Sublime !
7 years ago.
Yeimaya
Yeimaya
Thank you!!! You are my ipernity cheering section and are much appreciated! I am sorry I don't speak French and so am shy about answering.

Most of my time is spent on flickr but I do check in here now and then. It always feels good to see your comments.
7 years ago.
Gunnsteinn Jonsson
Gunnsteinn Jonsson
I am amazed to see how badly damaged some of these flukes are. I guess they get more worn the older the animal is.
7 years ago.
Yeimaya
Yeimaya
It doesn't seem so much age related as what kinds of hazards the whale encounters in its travels.

I have been curious about that myself. While going through the whole humpback catalog to do my work (I am a fluke matcher for Allied whale), I see hundreds of different kinds of scarings or deformities. Some are thought to be from Orcas (the rake marks), some from old entanglements in fishing gear (often a tip of the fluke is missing, sometimes 1/2 a fluke is gone, in one case the whole fluke!), but there also seems to be a "wasting disease" where the flesh seems to be rotting. Perhaps that is also the consequence of entanglement where blood flow has been cut off?

There is a group in Newfoundland and in the Gulf of Maine that responds to entanglements and acutually will cut the whale lose from the gear .... lobster pots, gillnets, ghost nets, floating trash etc. there is plenty of it out there!

Check out this Whale tale ;) it is pretty extraordinary!
7 years ago.
Deadmanguru
Deadmanguru
in the aggregate they look like some strange plant growing out of the sea.
7 years ago.
WOLFF
WOLFF
Géant !
6 years ago.