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Humpback dance by Hiddenplanet Humpback dance by Hiddenplanet
After 4 hours of searching for some humpback whales in pretty rough waters around Puerto Lopez in Equador, this mother whale surprised us by jumping up only 150 feet from our boat and giving us an old fashion splash-welcome in her "house".

...With its Latin name, Megaptera novaenglieae, meaning "long winged from New
England," this genus is aptly named for its gargantuan flippers which are
nearly a third of the whales body length.

...The bump just in front of the dorsal fin as well as the series of bumps on
the back, behind the fin on some of these whales inspired the whales¹ common
name, humpback.

...Humpback whales are among the larger of the baleen cetaceans, averaging 19
meters in length and weighing up to 48 tons.

...Although they are not very fast swimming creatures, great energy--along
with grace and acrobatic skill--is displayed when the humpback plunges clear
out of the water, in a performance more aerial and animated than any other
large whale. This act is termed breaching, a trademark of the humpback, and
a behavior whose significance is not clearly understood.

...The humpback¹s song is an important part of its behavior. Each major
stock, separated by geographic area, has its own song. So far, scientists
have identified three basic dialects. The song sequence changes
approximately every year simultaneously in all members of the population.
Studies suggest that songs are almost always confined to the breeding
grounds, and that the singer is the male of the species. Therefore, it is
hypothesized that the song may act as a form of sexual selection: it may
serve to define territory or as a form of courtship.

This DA was renewed because the quality of scanning (new scanner) was much better than the first one.

And WOOOOOOOOOOW, on April 5th 2009 it was rewarded with a DD by [link] Thank a lot for that :)

Photo taken with a Nikon F801, 300 mm lens and using Fujicolor 400 ISO
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Humpback dance by *Hiddenplanet Now and then being in the right place at the right time can really pay off, as was the case with this shot here. Talk about a sense of drama and action....Whales in the wild, something one day I can only hope to witness with my very own eyes. A great capture at exactly the right second! ( Featured by kkart )
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bhut Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
This is an amazing photo!
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dawdleddoodler Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011
awwww my most favourite whale EVAR.

and it's amazing how something that big can lift itself out of the water like that, sorta like large planes taking off.

lovely shot :aww:
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Hiddenplanet Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011
Thank you, yes it still keeps amazing me as well :-)
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Tragic-Destiny Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
Wow, the point of action was superb, at the right moment.
What a graceful creature they are!
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Hiddenplanet Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010
Thank you so much :)
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Fellawake Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is phenomenal!
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Hiddenplanet Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010
Thank you :)
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UglyFruitBat Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I think it's sad that they are on the endangered species list...They are such beautiful animals.
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Hiddenplanet Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010
They are absolutely :)
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UglyFruitBat Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
It's just sad...it makes me want to go swim with one in the ocean before they might be gone forever.
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Shadow-and-Flame-86 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Featured here! [link]
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Hiddenplanet Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010
Thank you so much :)
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Spamkiller Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm featuring this beautiful piece here: [link] .
If you don't want to be featured, please note me and I'll remove it.
:+fav:

Kisses&Hugs
Katia
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Hiddenplanet Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010
It is no problem at all. Thank you for featuring it :)
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Spamkiller Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! :)
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kaush Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing.
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Hiddenplanet Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010
Thank you :)
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jeyminems Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010
"Who Let The Features Out? Who? Who? Who? Whoooooooo?" (Sing it to the tune of "Who Let The Dogs Out?") Hahaha. Congratulations, YOU made it in my 101st Daily Journal Feature (YES! 101st!) in here: [link] :clap: :hug:

CONGRATS ON THE DD. THIS IS AWESOME! FAVED + FEATURED! :clap:
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Hiddenplanet Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010
Thank you so much and also for the feature. Yes, I love my humpback whale as well :)
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jeyminems Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010
No problem! :D
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BTW, if you have the time, kindly check/comment/critique/fave from my gallery if you'll like any. Sorry for bothering though. Thanks a lot! :D
Have a great weekend! :hug:
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meihua Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010
Amazing capture, you are so lucky! :la:
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Hiddenplanet Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010
Thank you so much :)
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moem-photography Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009
hi! i featured your picture in my journal ! [link]
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Hiddenplanet Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010
Thank you so much for that. I feel honoured :)
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philippeL Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Featured here -> [link]
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Hiddenplanet Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009
Thank you, I feel honoured :)
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philippeL Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:)
That's a very nice, professional and neat shot!
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Hiddenplanet Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2009
Thank you so much :)
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philippeL Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! Very nice gallery...
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Nikolaevna13 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009
Great shot! It's nice of you to tell us how you saw the whale back there and give us some information on it ;)
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Hiddenplanet Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2009
Thank you, you are very welcome :)
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Emo-Chick6 Featured By Owner May 28, 2009
Mmm, There Soooo Beautiful!!
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-Sammeh. :3
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Hiddenplanet Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009
Yes they are! Thank you :)
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Emo-Chick6 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2009
Your WElcome. [:
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djRimzi Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2009
Your work has been featured @ this [link]
If you would like me to remove this feature, please let me know and I will kindly remove it.

Have a beautiful day,
Kadriye :frail:
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Hiddenplanet Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2009
No problem. Thank you for the feature :)
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djRimzi Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2009
You are so very welcome.
You managed to capture a very rare moment. Thank you for sharing it with all of us.
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ZsofiaGyuker Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009
Beautiful shot :)

Congrats on the DD :clap:
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Hiddenplanet Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009
Thank you so much :)
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DeborahWolfdancer Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2009
Amazing and beautiful! :worship:
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Hiddenplanet Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009
Thank you
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quidamling Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2009
Absolutely amazing catch. I can't count how many pictures I've got of the splash afterwards. Beautiful picture of a gorgeous animal.
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Hiddenplanet Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009
Thank you. I guess I was lucky with the shot :)
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ArtemisAesthetic Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2009  Professional General Artist
beautiful, that whale is putting on a show.
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Hiddenplanet Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009
Thank you so much :)
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ArtemisAesthetic Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009  Professional General Artist
:] your welcome, that must have been a beautiful moment
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wierdeN Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2009
wonderful indeed :) :+fav:
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Hiddenplanet Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009
Thanks :)
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wierdeN Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009
hey , my pleasure , whales are totaly awsome!
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