Thirty year old humpback in Hawaii

While in Hawaii last week with Jim Darling and Rod MacVicar from PWLF, we photographed several tail flukes of humpbacks. The markings on the underside of flukes are unique to each whale and allows individuals to be identified. Jim  sent a few of his Hawaiian tail fluke photos from last week to Jan Straley in Alaska. She immediately recognized one of them known as ‘Scooper’ who was first identified by Chuck Jurasz in the 1970s in Icy Strait off Juneau, Alaska making Scooper at least thirty-two years old.


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