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

Though humpback whales can reach the length up to 16 meters, weigh around 30 tonnes, and travel up to 25.000 kilometers a year, these sea mammals are still endangered due to overfishing, noise pollution, and sea vehicle collisions. In spite of their voluminous size, the latter is the most common cause of serious injuries and death of the whales. Once hunted to the brink of extinction, now the population of this marine animal has recovered to around 80.000 of them worldwide; the humpbacks still need our protection to live and thrive.

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

More info: mauiwhalefestival.org
#1

Whale Whisperers

Whale Whisperers

Anuar Patjane Report

DawnFletcher
Community Member
5 years ago

Majestic, beautiful creatures. How curious the look in the baby's eyes.

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#2

Gentoo And Adélie Penguins Watching Humpback Show

Gentoo And Adélie Penguins Watching Humpback Show

Zi Yao Report

bubamara
Community Member
5 years ago

That's outstanding!

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#3

Humback Whale And Diver Shake Hands

Humback Whale And Diver Shake Hands

Masa Ushioda Report

TammyChapman
Community Member
5 years ago

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

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#4

A Curious Beluga Whale

A Curious Beluga Whale

StupidFatHobbit Report

bubamara
Community Member
5 years ago

Very cute animal ;-)

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#5

An Albino Humpback Whale

An Albino Humpback Whale

putuguk Report

CarolynRogers
Community Member
5 years ago

Truly incredible

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#6

Under Water

Under Water

Michael AW Report

SusannaVesna
Community Member
5 years ago

Woah

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#7

Mother And Baby

Mother And Baby

Gaby Barathieu Report

TammyChapman
Community Member
5 years 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

RebekahPruett
Community Member
5 years ago

Terrifyingly, awesome!

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#9

Man Face To Face With Whale

Man Face To Face With Whale

CursesFoiledAgain8 Report

HayleyLightcap
Community Member
5 years ago

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

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#10

Humpback Whale

Humpback Whale

Christopher Michel Report

Maggie Stephens Dougherty
Community Member
4 years ago

I live humpback whales the most! Just the sheer size of them is so majestic!

#11

What Lies Beneath

What Lies Beneath

Justin Hofman Report

SmileyRie
Community Member
5 years ago

Bet he's giggling away to himself, thinking of popping up to say hi & see their faces

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#12

Seal Surfing On A Whale

Seal Surfing On A Whale

Robyn Malcolm Report

CarolynRogers
Community Member
5 years ago

What a ride!

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#13

Tail Of Southern Right Whale

Tail Of Southern Right Whale

Tomas Kotouc Report

CarolynRogers
Community Member
5 years ago

Incredible view

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#14

Gray Whale In Grice Bay

Gray Whale In Grice Bay

Flip Nicklin Report

MichelleMironenko
Community Member
5 years ago

That's so cool!!

#15

Big Baby, Tonga

Big Baby, Tonga

Karim Iliya Report

MichelleMironenko
Community Member
5 years ago

Look at all those scratches =..(

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#16

Nature Photographer Gets An Amazing Shot Of A Humpback Whale

Nature Photographer Gets An Amazing Shot Of A Humpback Whale

Karl-Otto Jacobsen Report

MichelleMironenko
Community Member
5 years ago

Now that's what i call a photo

#17

Smiling Beluga Whale

Smiling Beluga Whale

Steve Snodgrass Report

TinadeRonde
Community Member
5 years ago

Amazing!

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#18

Mother Whale And Albino Calf

Mother Whale And Albino Calf

Robert Harding Report

MichelleMironenko
Community Member
5 years ago

Ying Yang

#19

Sleeping Sperm Whales

Sleeping Sperm Whales

Eric Cheng Report

TammyChapman
Community Member
5 years ago

I feel kind of stupid here. I didn't think they slept, I mean they do breathe air, right???

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#20

Whale Shoots A Rainbow Off Newport Beach Coast

Whale Shoots A Rainbow Off Newport Beach Coast

Mark G Media Report

TammyChapman
Community Member
5 years ago

I absolutely love this one!

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#21

Whale

Whale

Gaby Barathieu Report

ReinisOzolkāja
Community Member
5 years ago

where to see full resolution image of this??

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#22

Humpback Whale And Calf

Humpback Whale And Calf

Yann Hubert Report

#23

Pilot Whale

Pilot Whale

Pedro Moura Pinheiro Report

MichelleMironenko
Community Member
5 years ago

It's so shiny!!!!

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#24

Humpback Whale Calf Dancing With Diver

Humpback Whale Calf Dancing With Diver

Scubazoo Images Report

CarolynRogers
Community Member
5 years ago

Let's dance

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#25

A Humpback Whale Calf Swims In The Waters Of Tonga’s Vava’u Islands

A Humpback Whale Calf Swims In The Waters Of Tonga’s Vava’u Islands

Marc Henauer Report

CassieWilliams
Community Member
5 years ago

Upside down. 0.o

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#26

Whale Watchers Look The Wrong Way

Whale Watchers Look The Wrong Way

Simon Duggan Report

BobbiNewell
Community Member
5 years ago

Humans: "There should be whales in the area..." Whale: "Tee hee, I'm so sneaky!"

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#27

Go Into The Light And Fluke - Winter In Colourful Norway!

Go Into The Light And Fluke - Winter In Colourful Norway!

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CarolynRogers
Community Member
5 years ago

Nature's perfection

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#28

Whale And Man Meet

Whale And Man Meet

Brian Skerry Report

CarolynRogers
Community Member
5 years ago

Awe inspiring

#29

Humpback Whale

Humpback Whale

Gaby Barathieu Report

MichelleMironenko
Community Member
5 years ago

It's amazing how deep the ocean is. Like a never ending portal to another world. Absolutely beautiful with the whale

#30

Whale Tail

Whale Tail

Aleksandra Turkowska Report

#31

Who's Looking At Whom?

Who's Looking At Whom?

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TammyChapman
Community Member
5 years ago

I've always felt that being able to look into a whales eye is like seeing wisdom and our past and it's just something that defies explanation. I feel a great sense of peace, awe, respect and love every time I see a picture of a whale. Maybe I can see them in real life some day.

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#32

A Beluga Whale Banana's Itself While Rubbing Its Skin On The Rocks

A Beluga Whale Banana's Itself While Rubbing Its Skin On The Rocks

David Merron Report

#33

The Journey

The Journey

Jon Wright Report

#34

Whale - Dancer

Whale - Dancer

Gleb Tarro Report

#35

Sperm Whales Off The Azores

Sperm Whales Off The Azores

Wade Hughes Report

TammyChapman
Community Member
5 years ago

Awe inspiring.

#36

Partial Sequence Of A Brown Pelican Mistakenly Ingested, Getting Free Of A Humpback Whale's Maw

Partial Sequence Of A Brown Pelican Mistakenly Ingested, Getting Free Of A Humpback Whale's Maw

Brad Schram Report

#37

Sun Touch

Sun Touch

Igor Kruglikov Report

SmileyRie
Community Member
5 years ago

Beautiful ripples & rays of light

#38

A Humpback While Taking A Mouth Full Of Fresh Herring

A Humpback While Taking A Mouth Full Of Fresh Herring

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DennyPlaggenburg
Community Member
5 years ago

It's dinner time :-)

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#39

Humpback Whale Brings Rainbow

Humpback Whale Brings Rainbow

Olivia Ambrogio Report

TammyChapman
Community Member
5 years ago

Beautiful!!

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#40

Whale In Pacific Ocean

Whale In Pacific Ocean

Alexis Goubert Report

TinadeRonde
Community Member
5 years ago

Stunning!

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#41

Whale Mother And Calf Pair

Whale Mother And Calf Pair

Gaby Barathieu Report

#42

To The Surface

To The Surface

Gaby Barathieu Report

#43

Not A Bad Id Photo ;-)

Not A Bad Id Photo ;-)

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#44

Humpback Whale With Underwater Photographer

Humpback Whale With Underwater Photographer

Gaby Barathieu Report

#45

A Humpback Whale Shows Its Fluke

A Humpback Whale Shows Its Fluke

Tony Beck Report

#46

People Watching

People Watching

David Vaaknin Report

SmileyRie
Community Member
5 years ago

They seem to love people watching

#47

Fly Like A Bird

Fly Like A Bird

Mario Nonaka Report

#48

Humpy Ballet - Hawaiian Style

Humpy Ballet - Hawaiian Style

Petra Invernizzi Report

#49

Mother And Baby Humpback Whales

Mother And Baby Humpback Whales

Gaby Barathieu Report

TammyChapman
Community Member
5 years ago

Beautiful.

#50

Bubblenet

Bubblenet

Gary Luhm Report

DariaB
Community Member
5 years ago

It looks like rocks or an island.

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#51

Sperm Whale Near Mauritius Island Coast

Sperm Whale Near Mauritius Island Coast

Gaby Barathieu Report

#52

Humpback Whale Tail

Humpback Whale Tail

Christopher Michel Report

#53

Humpback Whale Breach

Humpback Whale Breach

underwaterphotography Report

#54

Humpback Whale

Humpback Whale

Vivian Krug Report

lessymac
Community Member
5 years ago

I got to see these Humpbacks last spring off Avila Beach and Pismo Beach CA - awesome!

#55

Humpback Breeches Off Cape Cod.

Humpback Breeches Off Cape Cod.

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#56

Humpback Whale And The Sky

Humpback Whale And The Sky

Barathieu Gabriel Report

#57

Curious Whale

Curious Whale

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#58

Whales Hervery Bay

Whales Hervery Bay

Michael Dawes Report

#59

Humpback Whale Near Maui

Humpback Whale Near Maui

Mark Nicol Report

#60

Jumpy Humpy

Jumpy Humpy

Frank Stelges Report

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#61

Humpback Whale

Humpback Whale

Hugo Robert Report

#62

Humpback Whale Pops Up Behind Me In Dominican Republic

Humpback Whale Pops Up Behind Me In Dominican Republic

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#63

Tail Wag

Tail Wag

Tom Kluyskens Report

#64

Disturbed

Disturbed

Tony Beck Report

#65

Sad?

Sad?

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#66

Sperm Whale Bull Washes Up On Norfolk Coast

Sperm Whale Bull Washes Up On Norfolk Coast

Javier Delgado Esteban Report

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