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Blue Whale - this image takes my breathe away. Eyes of a wise soul.

Minke Whale - this image takes my breathe away. Eyes of a wise soul.

Humpback whale calf mimicking her mother's unusual head-down, fluke-up resting position. Photographed in Tonga.

A Humpback Whale Calf: Mimicking her mother's unusual: "Head-down, Fluke-up" resting position. (Photographed in Tonga By: Tony Wu.

Humpback and calf

Dominican Republic Whales Soft-In-Water Encounters & Snorkeling with Oceanic Society. My husband's dream is to swim with whales!

is a Shark a mammal or fish? That is the question that is perhaps most commonly asked when talking about sharks. Since sharks give birth to pups, and a few species lay eggs, the common consensus is that sharks are mammals.  Across the board, though, 70% of all sharks give birth, while the remaining 30% lay eggs. Sharks are actually fish, which is sure to be a surprise to many.

Is a Shark a Mammal or Fish? and Answers to Other Interesting Shark Questions

My final summary post about encounters with humpback whales in Vava'u, Tonga during the 2013 season, with humpback whale calves, heat runs, injuries from orcas and other information.

Sun fish are the largest bony fish in existence, measuring up to 10' across and weighing 5,000 lbs. Their favorite food is jellyfish. They have no tail. At night they often come to the ocean's surface for hours at a time, barely moving. Also called Mola Mola, as well as, Opa. McC

Sun Fish (aka Mola Mola) are the largest bony fish on earth, up to across, lbs. Their favorite food is jellyfish. They have no tail. At night they often come to the ocean's surface for hours at a time, barely moving. Also called Mola Mola.

White whales, such as the recently spotted humpback nicknamed Migaloo, are rare and elusive creatures. He’s been seen more than 50 times, including a few times around the Great Barrier Reef.

Call Me Migaloo: The Story Behind Real-Life White Whales

Migaloo, the only known all white humpback whale, was photographed by jenny dean (first, third photos) in the great barrier reef. though often described as albino, migaloo has brown eyes and is more likely leucistic or hypopigmented.

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The Humpback Whale, (Megaptera novaeangliae) is a species of baleen whale. One of the largest rorqual species, adults range in length from metres ft) and weigh approximately kilograms Ib). always think of the Star Trek movie with the humpback whales!

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