Singer with 100% white flukes

This is whale is a male that we saw in February 2009 as a singer and February 2010 as an escort in a competitive group. The red vertical lines on his right fluke blade are bloody scratches that he likely received from competing with other males for access to a female. The males are anything but ‘gentle giants’ when they are vying for access to a female, and have been known to strike each other with their flukes and tails, or purposely hold one another underwater. It’s serious business!

See the HMMC whale tail poster (Row 3, Photo 5) for the 2010 photo.