Today is World Whale Day, an event started in Maui, Hawaii, in 1980, to raise awareness and to protect these majestic creatures and their habitat. But this is no backyard conservation event: it's also a fun opportunity to participate in the The Maui Whale Festival, that will feature a parade, live music, and other festivities!

This leviathan of a list is Bored Panda's way of taking part, and letting you join, in these World Whale Day festivities. Which photo do you find the most inspiring? Do you have some whale photos of your own? Vote or submit your pics below!

More info: mauiwhalefestival.org

#1 Whale Whisperers

Whale Whisperers

Anuar Patjane Report

MiguelRodrigues 2 months ago

I don´t like the first one. No matter what anyone will say, that courtain of bubbles and that croud of divers so close to a cuf and its mam IS stressing. All other photos are just fabulous!

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#3 Humback Whale And Diver Shake Hands

Humback Whale And Diver Shake Hands

Masa Ushioda Report

TammyChapman 3 months ago

Wow!! I wish I was the diver in this photo. Beautiful.

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#5 An Albino Humpback Whale

An Albino Humpback Whale

putuguk Report

CarolynRogers 3 months ago

Truly incredible

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#7 Mother And Baby

Mother And Baby

Gaby Barathieu Report

TammyChapman 3 months ago

So beautiful and serene.

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#8 Paddle Boarding With Whales In Esperance, Western Australia

Paddle Boarding With Whales In Esperance, Western Australia

Jaimen Hudson Report

SmileyRie 3 months ago

How to feel really really little in two easy whales

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#9 Man Face To Face With Whale

Man Face To Face With Whale

CursesFoiledAgain8 Report

HayleyLightcap 3 months ago

That whale looks like he has experienced the hardships of life.

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#11 What Lies Beneath

What Lies Beneath

Justin Hofman Report

MichelleMironenko 3 months ago

It would be funny if the whale just kept popping up out of nowhere just to mess with the boaters

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#12 Seal Surfing On A Whale

Seal Surfing On A Whale

Robyn Malcolm Report

TammyChapman 3 months ago

Reminds me of the crow who hitch hiked on the eagle. That would be really cool though, surfing on a whale. Awesome.

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#14 Gray Whale In Grice Bay

Gray Whale In Grice Bay

Flip Nicklin Report

MichelleMironenko 3 months ago

That's so cool!!

#15 Big Baby, Tonga

Big Baby, Tonga

Karim Iliya Report

MichelleMironenko 3 months ago

Look at all those scratches =..(