When Whales Fly

British Columbia, Canada

An adult Humpback Whale ( Megaptera novaeangliae ) can weigh 40,000 kilograms. How it's able to get its entire body out of the water is amazing. I was very fortunate to witness and photograph this Humpback Whale breaching. When it landed there was a huge splash and a thunderous sound. You can clearly see how it has the longest pectoral fins of all the great whales. There is a cluster of Acorn barnacles on its throat.