a baby humpback whale comes in for a closer look while working with @whaletrustmaui in the auau channel. nmfs permit # 19225
pacific sea nettles and blue rockfish clog the waters of a bull kelp forest. nettles are there to eat plankton, small fishes and crustaceans that inhabit the kelp. the blue rockfish are there to eat the nettles. all part of the amazing kelp forest ecology. the kelp ecosystem has been severely thrown out of balance due to a changing ocean. great to be on the trail for @nature_org.
a pair of breath holding (male/female) humpbacks rest in the waters of the auau channel off maui, hi. worldwide humpbacks are loved for their acrobatic leaps, their social lunge feeding behaviors, lovely whale songs, and their testosterone driven active groups. but, much of my time observing them, particularly so in hawaii, the whales are simply conserving energy. like these breathe holders, who stayed down for nearly 30 minutes. what they are thinking or doing we may never know but my favorite guess yet.... “reciting telepathic love poems” image taken under nmfs permit # 19225 with @whaletrustmaui