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Well, first they blow; THEN they suck.
This 40-foot humpback whale was resting at the surface in the Gulf of Alaska- near Seward.




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Jan 14, 2012 at 09:28 PM
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Great shot of the nostrils Charlie!


Jan 14, 2012 at 11:50 PM
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Looks like a big rock to me Charlie - JK ~ Ron


Jan 15, 2012 at 02:42 AM
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Looks like you blew that shot! Don


Jan 15, 2012 at 05:40 AM
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Hi Charlie,

I like the fresh perspective.

Morris



Jan 15, 2012 at 03:19 PM
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Thanks Ken, Ron, Don and Morris.
Although I don't know the meaning of "JK ," I'm laughing, Ron, because I know that- in spite of overwhelming evidence to the contrary- you are at heart a funny guy .

This is a different view of these behemoths- to be sure. Our boat captain spotted the critter. We went over to the approved distance- careful not to harrass it. Then we throttled down to idle and drifted. The whale knew we were there, but they were all raised with boats around them in these waters, and they know that they have nothing to fear, so he slowly came closer (whales are quite intelligent- and intelligent creatures tend to be curious). I went to the top deck of our 100-foot vessel for this tele lens perspective.
Here's a tidbit of info that you may not know: Even when they sleep, only part of the whale's brain sleeps at a time. Among other reasons- their breathing is NOT involuntary (as it is in humans). Their conscious brain tells the body when to breathe. I assume it's necessary because whales sometimes dive deep (not so much with humpbacks, but sperm whales dive VERY deep).
I'm not a biologist, but that brings a question to my mind- do ALL marine mammals sleep with part of their brains awake? Elephant seals, for example, often dive 1,000 feet (or more) for their prey. Are they like the great whales? Or do they just hold their breath the way we do- only a lot longer?
Charlie



Jan 15, 2012 at 06:18 PM
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Awesome to get that close!! Thks for this great post & photo!
Leon



Jan 15, 2012 at 06:33 PM
 

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Wow that's cool Charlie, what a thrill

Tom



Jan 15, 2012 at 06:39 PM
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Charlie I know you post stuff over in the people forum so I also know you should know better than to post up nose shots.

Mike



Jan 15, 2012 at 06:44 PM
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Don't think I would want to be down wind if this guy had a cold and had to sneeze! ZZ


Jan 15, 2012 at 07:02 PM
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Charlie Shugart wrote:
Thanks Ken, Ron, Don and Morris.
Although I don't know the meaning of "JK ," I'm laughing, Ron, because I know that- in spite of overwhelming evidence to the contrary- you are at heart a funny guy .

This is a different view of these behemoths- to be sure. Our boat captain spotted the critter. We went over to the approved distance- careful not to harrass it. Then we throttled down to idle and drifted. The whale knew we were there, but they were all raised with boats around them in these waters, and they know that they have nothing
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JK = just kidding. As for the rest of what you said:

Ron



Jan 15, 2012 at 08:43 PM
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Thanks Leon, Tom, Mike, Benzzene, and the guy with the sunburned bum .
Hey Mike, if I had a shot looking up the nose of a naked woman, I'd post it over there in a heart beat.
Benzzene- your words are more than poetry. If you're close and downwind from a big whale when it exhales after a dive, you'll be covered by very smelly snot-like water. So will your camera.
Charlie



Jan 16, 2012 at 01:26 AM
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Nice job! they sure do make a lot of noise when they blow don't they?
Larry



Jan 16, 2012 at 02:56 AM





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