During the winter months of December through April, the leeward waters of Maui County has the world's densest humpback whale population. Every year, over 10,000 humpbacks annually migrate to the warm, shallow waters and create thunderous splashes and aerial performances not seen in other species of whales. They love Maui. Who can blame ’em?! Actually, whales particularly love Auau Channel, the shallow area between West Maui, Lana’i and Moloka’i, one of the most popular breeding grounds in Hawaii. They don’t eat the entire time they’re in Hawaii. They eat an average of 1 to 1 and a half tons of food per day while in Alaska before their migration.They survive off a thick layer of blubber until they return to Alaskan waters, where huge masses of ultimately doomed plankton, krill and small fish await their demise. They mate and give birth while in Hawaii. Humpbacks have live births. Their pregnancy cycle lasts for about year. Once born, calves drink about 50 gallons of milk per day. That's a lot of milk!
My painting of a whale tail is done on an abstract background done with the acrylic pouring technique. This background has a lot of great movement. You'd think the whale churned up the water around him.
NOTE; This painting, along with my entire inventory and art studio, was destroyed in the Lahaina fire on August 8th, 2023.
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February 26th, 2019
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