CELEBRATE THE COMEBACK OF HUMPBACKS WITH THESE FABULOUS PHOTOS

Forty years after they were near the brink of extinction, most populations of humpback whales have been removed from the endangered species list. (Full story: http://on.natgeo.com/2c4Feg4)
  1. A humpback whale breaches far in the air above the Pacific Ocean. (Photo by Ralph Lee Hopkins, National Geographic Creative)
  2. A snorkeler swims with a humpback whale calf. (Photo by Cesare Naldi, National Geographic Creative)
  3. Humpback whales feast on fish that have congregated in the warm waters of Monterey Bay, California. (Photo by Paul Nicklen, National Geographic Creative)
  4. A pod of humpback whales feed as a group. (Photo by Mitsuaki Iwago, Minden Pictures/National Geographic)
  5. Two whales swim together near Maui, Hawaii. (Photo by Flip Nicklin, Minden Pictures/National Geographic)
  6. A humpback whale blows water at the surface, at the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. (Photo by Ralph Lee Hopkins, National Geographic Creative)
  7. A humpback whale swims with her calf. (Photo by Jonathan Kingston, National Geographic Creative)
  8. In a Norwegian fjord north of the Arctic Circle, a humpback whale joins orcas to feed on schools of herring. (Photo by Paul Nicklen, National Geographic Creative)