The photograph below shows a humpback whale lobtailing in the central Early Warning System (EWS) area this past week.
Photo Credit: New England Aquarium, Kelly Slivka.
Because of the relative infrequency of tail breaching, this behavior did not exist in our DIGITS identification catalog, when we were coding the photos for behaviors. After some discussion, tail breaching behavior was added to DIGITS and now we can code for the behavior when it occurs, even if it rarely happens. As you can see, even though NEAq has been flying EWS surveys since 1994, methods are constantly being tweaked and improved - it's always a work in progress!