I moved to Juneau in the summer of 1979. The following summer, I found myself photographing whales in a skiff off Point Adolphus in Icy Strait. Before this time, I had not really ever seen a whale. When the whale in this image showed up it started slapping its tail. I slowly moved in to capture the behavior. By the time I got near enough for a shot the whale had been tail slapping for at least ten minutes. With each successive slap, the whale kept picking up more and more water until it had a waterfall cascading off its tail. I was able to shoot a few shots and then everything stopped. I thought to myself that I would see this behavior again. Well…34 years later and hundreds of whale photographic adventures, I have never seen anything like it again. This is why this image is included as the sixth spread in my children’s book “Once Upon Alaska”, a favorite moment in time.