September 16, 2014


humpback whale, whale watching, San Juan Islands, Washington, breaching
September 16, 2014

Species: Humpback Whale | Location: San Juan Islands, United States

A humpback whale photographed breaching, off the coast of the San Juan Islands in Washington state.  Whales breach for a number of reasons - they could be trying to shake parasites off their skin, trying to scratch an itch, or they often breach as a means of communication with one another. 

About The Photographer

Cropped eric rock

Eric's illustrious career began in Alaska in 1989, where he worked as a field researcher on many of the state’s diverse animal species, including river otters, waterfowl, moose and reindeer. He also served as the Head Naturalist at Kantishna Roadhouse Lodge in Denali National Park. Read Eric's bio to learn more about him!

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