When we went on the Granite State Whale Watch boat from Rye, NH last Thursday we lucked out because we encoutered a Humpback whale named Glowstick that did "just about every rare behavior a humpback does" according to the whale boat guide. First there was the "spinning head breach" shown here. It was just amazing to see this massive, 30-40 ft. about 30 ton animal launch itself out of the water. Above photo is uncropped. I had a 300 mm telephoto lens. We were close.
Here are the photos blown up. Look at the barnacles on its chin!
An the beautiful pattern of spray near the flippers,
and here's the tail. "Wow, Wow, Wow!" we and everyone else on the boat were saying.
You can just feel the dynamic force of energy this whale has. The whale guide said you're lucky if you see a humpack do a full breach breach once a season. Glowstick did multiple breaches in front of us.
More photos tomorrow.