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Sand Dunes of South Padre Island
Weddings
The Colosseum
Emerald Cenote
Another planet
Rain rain go away
Stars at Sunset
Morning hustle at sea
Mum and calf
Tropical Beach View
Whale silhouette
Whale Dance
Incoming
LOVE--the best graffiti
The moment before the splash
Siblings and pet
Fly away
Shadows on Long Sands Beach in York, Maine
Crystal Ship
View of Hogsback Mountian
SWYAMBHU
A sunrise over Lake Murray, South Carolina
Sunset over the Ponce Inlet
16th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Whale Dance

I love Tonga for one main reason. Whales! This year I was fortunate enough to spend a lot of time in the water with these magnificent animals. On this particular occasion we encountered a young whale who seemed fascinated by us in the water. She would swim upside down straight towards me and swoop down through my legs with her pectoral fins stretched out as if to give me a big hug.

TAGS: Dance, Humpback, Nature, Tonga, Underwater, Whale

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
Member since 2018
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Photo of the Day: 09.05.18 Editors' Pick
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© Grant Thomas.
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Image Source: digital
Date Taken: 08.2017
Total Views: 2408
Total Favorites: 4
Filed Under: Natural World
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Date Uploaded: Sept. 4, 2018, 2:22 p.m.
Camera Make: Canon
Camera Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Focal Length: 15mm
Shutter Speed: 1/100
Aperture: f10
ISO: ISO200
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