One Fluked Humback Whale, Neko Harbour, Antactic Peninsula
Photo and caption by Michael Sheppard
This one fluked humpback whale was spotted in Neko Harbour during our March 2012 expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula. According to the expedition mammalogist the whale had been previously recorded off the coast of Costa Rica during its annual migration. It is thought that the missing fluke is a result of a birth defect rather than an encounter with a ship or Orca. It appears that the animal is not greatly restricted by the defect and seemed to participate fully in the pod activities around our kayaks.
Location: Neko Harbour, Antarctic Peninsula