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Fish coat
Whale Rider - Fun at the Beach
Having a whale of a time with sea monster.
Whale Wonders
Lonely Whale
Big one
Breach by a juvenile humpback in Juneau Harbor
Time passages in the Galápagos
The sadness of a goodbye
The Spirit of the Whale
Frey whale spy hopping
Eye Spy
Dorsal
Pilot whale tail in the Galapagos
Short-finned pilot whale in the Galapagos
Whale Tail
Whale Breach
Whale watching in California.
Big Grin
Big Gulp
Whale, Whale, Whale
Bouncing Baby Boy
Half Calf
14th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Eye Spy

This photograph captures a whale behaviour called "spy hopping" where whales poke their head above the water to take a look around and see what is happening above the surface. Whales have extremely good vision and so I have always found this behaviour intriguing and I wonder what they are thinking when they are "people watching" in this way. To me this is such a special moment where I can't help but feel that on some level we are bridging the gap between land and sea.

TAGS: Australia, Humpback, Whale

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Sydney, Australia
Member since 2016
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Photo of the Day: 12.16.16 Editors' Pick
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© Mark Seabury.
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Image Source: digital
Date Taken: 08.2016
Total Views: 2647
Filed Under: Natural World
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Date Uploaded: Nov. 30, 2016, 7:38 a.m.
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PHOTO LOCATION Hervey Bay, Australia