Readers’ wildlife photos

Today we have the last installment of reader Joe Dickinson’s photos from Alaska taken about five years ago (part 1 is here and part 2 here).  Joe’s captions are indented.

We were fortunate to see a pod of five or six humpbacks (Megaptera novaeangliae) bubble net feeding just offshore near Juneau.  A local whale watch boat joined in the fun.  In all the closer shots, you can easily make out the pleats in the throat area that allow huge gulps of sea water and prey and, in the much smaller upper jaw, the baleen that will filter out the good stuff.  In some, you also can make out the eye just by the jaw joint.

I’ll round out this set with some more whale tails.



  1. Michael Fisher
    Posted January 24, 2019 at 8:11 am | Permalink

    Thanks Joe for all the photos

  2. Ken Kukec
    Posted January 24, 2019 at 8:46 am | Permalink

    Some fine-ass photos of some fine-ass mammals, Joe. Thx for sharing.

  3. rickflick
    Posted January 24, 2019 at 8:47 am | Permalink

    That’s something I’d love to see in person. One of these days…

  4. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted January 24, 2019 at 11:02 am | Permalink

    Very cool! What an adventure that must have been.

  5. Debbie Coplan
    Posted January 24, 2019 at 11:28 am | Permalink

    Thank you for sharing! Very exciting photos…

    • Glenda Palmer
      Posted January 24, 2019 at 6:17 pm | Permalink


  6. Mark R.
    Posted January 24, 2019 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    Nothing beats whales! Thanks for sharing.

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