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A breaching humpback whale

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A humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) breached while WHOI researchers were working to tag whales near Stellwagen Bank. No one knows for sure why whales breach the water surface; some researchers believe it is a form of communication among whales. (Photo by Melissa Patrician, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)


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