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photo contest slideshow
Swim Until You Can't See Land
Eye to Eye
Jonah
Tall Tales
Animal Magnetism
Water in a Well
A Humpback Whale is breaching
Whale in the saint laurent
Breaching Humpback
Mum and calf
Whale silhouette
Whale Dance
Surfin Baby Grey
Humpback
Childs Play
Humpback Breach
Humpback Breaching
Humpback whale breach off Lahaina, Maui
Two whales swimming off Cape Cod Bay
The family
Teenager
Boneyard cub
Beluga whale touring the tank at Mystic Aquarium
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: 2445
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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