Member of a trio with black flukes
This black-fluked whale was with two other whales off the Kohala Coast in February 2010. With the distinctive white scar on its right fluke blade, this whale should be easily recognizable if we see it in future years. As you can tell from these whale tales, HMMC researchers can make inferences about the sex of a whale based on its behavior and choice of companions. Alas, we can’t infer much about the age-sex class of this whale in a trio, because a trio could have been a female who was being pursued by two males, or the trio could have been three rowdy males out looking for a competitive group to join.