AMAZING WHALE PICS
THEY have successfully clawed their way back form the brink of extinction since the banning of commercial whaling of humpback whales in 1963.
And the calm and warm waters of the Whitsunday offer calving females the perfect nursery to raise their off spring before heading back south toward the end of the year.
Humpback whales travel in pods of two to 15 individuals.
Often these groups are temporary, meaning they stay together for only a short amount of time and mothers usually stay with their babies for about one year.
The majestic humpbacks get their name because of the habit of raising and bending the back in preparation for a dive, accentuating the hump in front of the dorsal fin.
Last week the Whitsunday Times put the call out for whale photos and the emails came flooding in with your amazing images.
Most whales will linger in the north before heading to the Antarctic in November.
Keep sending photos and video to editor@ whitsundaytimes.com.au.
THERE SHE GOES: A breaching humpback captured by Debbie Duggan.
Anne Smith captured this young humpback whale breaching at Funnel Bay on board Ocean Dynamics last week.
Whitsunday Getaway this week captured this breaching humpback.