A few years ago, we spent a week in the Great Bear Rainforest with a native fellow in search of the rare spirit bear. We were extremely fortunate to see four in our travels that took us to various locations by boat along the western coast of British Columbia, Canada. While traveling across the vast deep channels of water, we were often treated to the antics of the humpback whales, including them breaching out of the water and ever so gracefully, in what seems like slow motion, flipping us their tail. The underside of their tail is called the fluke and is individually unique, much like a human fingerprint, as it signifies their identity. It is with one or two strokes of this powerful tail, that a whale can propel their entire 30 ton body out of the water as they breach the surface. Watching these amazing giants is always mesmerizing for me with their size and gracefulness and keeps me enthralled with the wonder of nature.
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