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Viewing humpback whales is ‘utterly amazing’

Mike and Sue Messer of Two Harbors, Minn., take in a humpback whale show off McGregor Point in Maalaea. More than a half-dozen pods were visible in area waters at the time, with whales breaching, tail slapping, pectoral slapping and just swimming along the coast. “It’s utterly amazing to be out here,” Mike Messer said. “And it’s beautiful weather. It’s been a treat.” He said it was 8 degrees back in Two Harbors. This photo was taken Feb. 4.

The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo