Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) cooperative feeding with a bubble net near Angoon, Admiralty Island, Chatham Strait, Southeast Alaska, USA.
The left eye of the whale in the foreground is clearly visible and shut. The whales are lunging at such close proximity that they usually close their eyes to protect them from any damage, particularly from the flippers that are usually heavily encrusted with barnacles. Whales that are regular members of these teams of bubble net feeders are very distinctive because of all of the scratches inflicted on their bodies by barnacles.
- Duncan Murrell
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