Tuesday, May 07, 2024

Big Mama

Big Mama / Mamma / Momma (BCY0324) is a humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae). The whaling industry hunted this species almost to extinction. Humpbacks that spend winter in Hawaii to breed, migrate to the northeastern Pacific to forage during the summer. In 2005, Big Mama was the first humpback whale seen in the Salish Sea after the whaling era. Since then, she has had seven calves and was seen off North Pender Island yesterday with her latest calf Moresby (b. 2022). 

Photos by Rachael Griffin (May 6, 2024).

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