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  • Janet Mayorga

    Whale Watching Avila Beach, California

  • Victoria Rubin

    Boaters, paddlers enjoy amazingly close humpback whale encounter off San Luis Obispo, California

  • Plus Things

    San Luis Obispo, California, US: A humpback whale lunges out of the water to feed near spectators just off the beach. Photograph: Bill Bouton/AP

  • Princesswithapen

    Onlookers try and get close to capture pictures of a feeding humpback whale in the waters of San Luis Obispo, California. Boaters and kayakers in the waters had cameras of their own poised to take pictures, fearlessly advancing toward the hungry animals, typically from 39–52 ft in length with an average weight of around 79,000 lb. They only feed in the summer and leave off the reserves stored in their bodies during the winter months. via

  • Ross Freeman Levin

    Humpback whales swimming in the waters off San Luis Obispo, Calif. created an unexpected and incredible photo opportunity for Bill Bouton. The retired college biology professor had set out for a day of snapping bird images when he stumbled on the pod breaching the ocean surface scarily close to kayakers and paddlers. Bouton used a 700mm lens on his Canon EOS 7D to capture the stunning shots.

  • Prakaas Lekshmanan

    Humpback Whale Surprises Californians Photo enthusiast Bill Bouton snapped this photo in San Luis Obispo, California on August 18th, 2012.

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