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Last whale porn of the season! Competition pod, 10 whales at least, super rare! #waitforit #thoughtimissedit #humpbackwhales #competitionpod #prettycommoninmaui


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Competition Pod

The humpbacks come to Maui to give birth and to find mates. The female is usually accompanied by a male escort whale. He helps protect the female and her baby in hopes that she will pick him as a mate. Sometimes one or more males will join into a competition for the female. In these photos a quiet scene of Mom, Baby and her Escort erupted when one or more whales jumped into the fray. Things got real and there was a lot of activity. Look at these photos to see if you can find all the whales. In the end she selected a male or the original escort and they mimicked each other. Pretty fun to watch.
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Whale Face

So it was pretty exciting when a competition pod surfaced close to the boat. The male humpbacks competing to mate with the female follow her and fight amongst themselves until she chooses her mate. This whale has a raw spot on his β€œchin” and some of his barnacles appeared to have been ripped off. This whale trumpeted and forced water loudly from his mouth. It was an impressive show of force.
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The season has been fantastic, but unfortunately all great things must come to an end. Sure will miss themπŸ˜”#humpbackwhale #migration #whales #baleenwhales #breach #calfbreach #fluke #taillobbing #breeding #competitionpod #heatrun #bigisland #Hawaii #leviathon #naturephotography #adventurexrafting β€οΈπŸ‹πŸ˜˜


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This was taken during one of the heat runs we got to witness in Tonga 2017.
What is a heat run also known as a competition pod you ask... Its where one female indicates she is ready to mate and males from all over come to impress her thus turning into a competition. I've witnessed these competitions lasting up to 3 days. There can be just 2 males competing or last season Vava'u got to witness 22 males behind one female!! The female dictates the pace, the direction; its a test of strength. For her, she wants the best genes for her calf to come. One of the many competitive displays is when the humpback whale lunges forward with its head raised above the water. Sometimes it can be to land on top of another male, other times it is the sheer pace that these incredible animals are running.
If this is something you would like to have the chance to witness let me know πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ’™πŸ‹πŸŒˆπŸ™ŒπŸΌ I have all the contacts and I may know a few places πŸ˜‰

Photo: @ejsencounters


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Gemini’s whale watch today! Comp group right next to the boat, listen to the sounds of the whales! @geminisailing #humpbackwhales #lifeisgood #competitionpod


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Having a Whale of a time watching competition pod vying for her affections!!@bluewaterrafting. πŸ‹πŸ’™πŸ‹ #humpbacks #competitionpod #whale #maui #kihei #bluewaterrafting #whalewatch #boatlife #mauinokaoi #livingthedream


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And finishing up with this awesome show of power from two humpbacks - a breach and a head lunge. Merimbula Marina noted this was captured from a competition pod, when several males are competing for the attentions of a female (sometimes known as a heat run too, I think). At roughly 30+ tonnes per whale, you can imagine this behaviour can get pretty full on!
πŸ“·: @merimbulamarina
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To share your Australian whale watching photos (eastern, western or southern coasts - we love them all!) please tag @whales_australia or #whalesaustralia. πŸ’™πŸ‹


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We got swarmed today by 10 or more humpback males doing all kinds of crazy stuff. #competitionpod


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Followed a #competitionpod of at least 7-8 males today, all vying for the attention and the chance to make sweet, deep sea #love to the same female. Glad they let us hang out for a little while! #whaleorgy #mobydicks #HUMPbacks βœ¨πŸ‹βœ¨#Maui #hawaii


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The supreme throw back Thursday πŸ‹πŸ’¦ Humpback whales tend to make quite a splash. #throwback #throwingspray #wild #cetacean #humpback #tbt #wildocean #maui #whalewatching #bluemaui #sailmaui #whaleseason #mauiwhales #competitionpod


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Beautiful Pacific Humpback Whale breaching. #maui #hawaii #pacifichumpbackwhale #competitionpod #TraverseEarth


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Humpback whale body checking a competing male off #maui #hawaii


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Awesome whale watch today. Thanks Captain John! #humpbackwhales #maui #pacificwhalefoundation #whales #whalewatch #competitionpod


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GoPro footage of a comp pod of humpback whales in the waters between Maui and Lana'i . This is just a small clip. Video taken while out with @ultimatewhalewatch .

#humpbackwhale #gopro #maui #hawaii #whale #competitionpod #snorklife #ultimatewhalewatch #gopro #goprooftheday #goprohero #goprohero4


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Today my bestie @lizardluck and I watched a bunch of boy whales slap each other around in hopes of getting some lady whales. Thank you to @clearkayaksmaui for letting us snag one of your awesome kayaks for the occasion!! And @beinthesea @feliceann for my wonderful hat that kept that sun out of my eyes!!! #Maui #hawaii #competitionpod #humpbackwhale #mauinokaoi #mauihawaii #adventure #adventuregirl #whaletail #beinthesea #bitsbabe #bikinis #gopro #gopro3 #goproadventures


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I've been meaning to upload whale flukes for some time and now I'll dedicate the month of August to Humpback Whale Tails! Here is the first. This whale was found leading a competition pod in Maui. Naturalists believed this made her the female of the pod.What was most noticeable is what appears to be an injury in front of the dorsal fin. Her fluke is mainly black in color, common for the North Pacific population. I've nicknamed her Strike. Not only for that injury but also because she did several tail slaps, some of which were dangerously close to the males pursuing her. #maui #hawaii #whaleseason #humpbackwhale #competitionpod #fluke #hawaiiwhales #learnaboutwhales #photoid #ilovecetaceans #marinemammalphotography


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Happy Hump Day ~
Humpback competition pods are like closing time at the bar. A group of guys competing for the affection of a lady.
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🐳 ⛅️ Never in my life..... Incredible. A couple days ago in Maui #hawaii #maui #whalewatching #godisgreat #pacificwhalefoundation #humpbackwhale #mcgregorpoint #breech #competitionpod #fluke #finslap #happy 🌊 ☁️ 🌴 Having a whale of a time in the Hawaiian Islands 🌈


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Successful whale watching! #competitionpod #humpbackwhales #maui @radnut_ @natnorthrup


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Encountered a "competition pod" of four male humpbacks fighting, pushing each other around a female. The winner gets to escort her to the mating grounds. A full grown male weighs 90,000 lbs. With four of them going at it, it was an amazing display of power and intimidation. At one point they came within 50 yards of the boat.
#OnceInALifetime #CompetitionPod #Whalewatching #Whale #Pod #whalePod #JonnysJourney14 #NeverStopExploring #PlayOutside #Maui #Hawaii


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Epic whale watching event today #sailing #hawaii #competitionpod


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Last pic from today I swear. Inflated head lunge πŸ‹πŸ˜»πŸ‘. #competitionpod #boyswillbeboys


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