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The Blow

Four Humpback whales line up to expel water in Auke Bay near Juneau, Alaska. 

We went whale watching with Marv and Harv in Auke Bay near Juneau Alaska. A humpback whale can hold its breath for over ten minutes.  They resurface to get rid of the stale air in their lungs and take in fresh air, which they do through a blowhole.  As they force out stale air they create a large mist of water rising over 12 feet above the water surface, know as the blow.  If you go whale watching, the blow is usually how you detect the presence of a whale.  Whales usually travel and feed alone.  On this particular day several whales were feeding together.  I made this image of four humpback whales surfacing simultaneously and creating four different blows arranged in a very unusual but intriguing pattern.

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