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16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest
Mermaid

I was fortunate to have encountered a humpback whale with her calf on my first day snorkeling near Japan’s Kumejima Island. Most of the time, the calf stayed close to her mom. At one point, the calf began jumping and tapping its tail on the water near us—it was very friendly and curious. Finally, the mother, who was watching nearby, came to pick up the calf and swim away. I fell in love completely with the calf and its very energetic, large, and beautiful tail.

TAGS: Japan

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Kitakami, Japan
Member since 2017
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Photo of the Day: 09.22.18 Editors' Pick
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© reiko takahashi.
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Image Source: digital
Date Taken: 02.2018
Total Views: 2528
Filed Under: Natural World
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Date Uploaded: Sept. 16, 2018, 5:39 p.m.
Camera Make: OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP.
Camera Model: E-PL7
Focal Length: 14mm
Shutter Speed: 1/50
Aperture: f5
ISO: ISO200
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