7 photos of no-longer-endangered humpback whales jumping for joy.

Whale, whale, whale, what do we have here?

Three humpbacks off the coast of Massachusetts. Photo by the author.

These humpback whales are the coolest (and among the biggest) creatures on Earth.

Normally, these majestic beasts spend their time hanging out in the ocean, scraping barnacles off their chins, occasionally coming up for air, and eating fish using their magical water cyclone-making powers.


Lately though, there's something a little more celebratory on the incredibly advanced minds of these humpback whales.

As of September 2016, most populations of humpback whales are no longer officially listed as "endangered."

"SWEET!" Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images.

That's great news out of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Not just for we humans who enjoy cheering for the big lugs on whale-watching tours, but also for the whales themselves.

Humpback whales all over the world are — to put it lightly — f**king STOKED about not being endangered anymore.

1. Like this one, who is jumping for joy at the news that NOAA conservation efforts helped ensure it will live a long life.

WOOOOOOOOOO! Photo by Luis Robayo/AFP/Getty Images.

2. Or these whales, who are blowing a huge sigh of relief knowing they can safely continue eating up to 4,000 pounds of food a day.

"Pfffffffff. Glad that's over. Anyway, have you finished 'Stranger Things'?" Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images.

3. And this whale who is ... honestly, just showing off, which is a thing whales have been known to do.

"Yeah we get it, Dave. You can backflip." Photo by Eitan Abramovich/AFP/Getty Images.

4. Or this whale, who is requesting the highest of fives for all the hard work from conservationists.

Up top, boys!  Photo by Patrick Hamilton/AFP/Getty Images.

5. And this whale who is a little shy but still totally thrilled to hear that scientists will still keep an eye on whale populations to make sure their numbers don't slip.

"Get these paparazzi OUT OF HERE!" Photo by Cris Bouroncle/AFP/Getty Images.

6. And this whale who is, OK this whale is fake, but it's excited too — even though it knows there's still more work to be done, as four humpback populations still remain endangered, including two that can be found in U.S. waters.

"Oh yeah, I love opera! Totally! I mean, who doesn't, right?" Photo by Greg Wood/AFP/Getty Images.

7. And finally, this humpback, who is smiling because she knows how much safer the world is for her calf and her.

"I can show you the world... Since we're no longer endaaaaangered." Photo by NOAA/Flickr.

While this is fantastic news, it doesn't mean the work ends.

Whales are a vitally important part of marine ecosystems all over the world and play a key role in the health of our planet.

They've captured people's imaginations for generations, and in order for them to keep doing that, we need to keep caring about them and keep protecting them.

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Love is what united Marie-Claire and David Archbold, who met while taking a photography class. "We went into the darkroom to see what developed," they joke—and after a decade of marriage, they know firsthand the deep commitment and connection romantic love requires.

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In the United States alone, there are roughly 122,000 children awaiting adoption according to the latest report from the U.S Department of Health and Human Services. While the goal is always for a child to be parented by and stay with their biological family, that is not always a possibility. This is where adoption offers hope—not only does it create new families, it gives birth parents an avenue through which to see their child flourish when they are not able to parent. For the right families, it's a beautiful thing.

The Archbolds knew early on that adoption was an option for them. David has three daughters from a previous marriage, but knowing their family was not yet complete, the couple embarked on a two-year journey to find their match. When the adoption agency called and told them about James, they were elated. From the moment they met him, the Archbolds knew he was meant to be part of their family. David locked eyes with the brown-eyed baby and they stared at each other in quiet wonder for such a long time that the whole room fell silent. "He still looks at me like that," said David.

The connection was mutual and instantaneous—love at first sight. The Archbolds knew that James was meant to be a part of their family. However, they faced significant challenges requiring an even deeper level of commitment due to James' medical condition.

James was born with congenital hyperinsulinism, a rare condition that causes his body to overproduce insulin, and within 2 months of his birth, he had to have surgery to remove 90% of his pancreas. There was a steep learning curve for the Archbolds, but they were already in love, and knew they were committed to the ongoing care that'd be required of bringing James into their lives. After lots of research and encouragement from James' medical team, they finally brought their son home.

Today, three-year-old James is thriving, filled with infectious joy that bubbles over and touches every person who comes in contact with him. "Part of love is when people recognize that they need to be with each other," said his adoptive grandfather. And because the Archbolds opted for an open adoption, there are even more people to love and support James as he grows.

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