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    Humpback Whale feeding in Avila Beach, California (Pretty sure if I were kayaking, I'd be doing the cartoon-like speedboating on top of the water towards the beach!)

  • Robin Wrigley

    The proximity of the whales to the coast is somewhat rare. This photo was captured from the road with a 700-milimeter lens.Photo by Bill Bouton. Boaters, paddlers enjoy amazingly close humpback whale encounter.

  • A.J. Lilchick

    Humpback Whale Close Encounter Off California Coast Captured By Photographer (photos & video) kayak with whales moss landing, ca

  • America On The Road

    Whale Watching nella zona di San Louis de Obispo

  • Miss Pigments

    Humpback whale seen in South California beach

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Bill Bouton, a retired biology instructor, was having little success photographing birds along the California coast Saturday, but fortunately a small pod of humpback whales arrived to save the day. Bouton's incredible images, captured off San Luis Obispo, show the mammals lunge-feeding a mere stone's throw from shore--and much closer to boaters, kayakers, and paddlers.

Bill Bouton, retired biologist, captured these pics off San Luis Obispo, showing humpback whales lunge-feeding a mere stone's throw from shore.

Boaters, paddlers enjoy amazingly close humpback whale encounter at Avila Beach. Right in my own back yard!!!

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