Humpback whales

We arrived in the small town of Illulissat, Greenland, and quickly found the bay occupied by three humpback whales, one of which entertained for some time as it shared its meal with herring gulls and fulmars.  A little later, the other two began to feed also, but it was not long before fog interrupted our viewing and disrupted our photography for most of our visit.  It was so frustrating to listen to the whales feeding and the birds calling so close and be unable to see the action.  Fortunately, there was a sufficient interval of clarity to get a few shots from the ship.  This is typical feeding behaviour for humpbacks, showing their rorqual pleats on the underside of their mouths as they lunge feed, their 5 metre pectoral fins raised out of the water, tail slapping, and all accompanied by seabirds taking advantage of the commotion.

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