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As I was walking over the sea ice I heard a loud intake of breath in the still cold air and turned around to spot this Minke whale surfacing through a melt hole in the ice. It was quite a distance from open water and took plenty of time to replenish it's oxygen supply! Location just off Ross Island, East Antarctica.

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Lens:Nikon 80-400mm VR f/4.5-5.6
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Minke whale
Username:RodStrachan RodStrachan
Uploaded:5 Oct 2012 - 7:38 PM
Tags:Antarctica, Ice, Minke, Sea, Whale, Wildlife / nature
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Hazelmouse
5 Oct 2012 - 7:53 PM

OOOH! Love the position and the echoing shaped ice towers behind. Only seen one Minke - long way off and at sea. Loads of sleepy Humpbacks off Canada last week, nothing as spectacular as this.

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marktc
marktc e2 Member 347 forum postsmarktc vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2012 - 8:03 PM

An absolutely marvellous image, how I envy you the opportunity to capture such moments.

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monkeytravels

GREAT !

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senn
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5 Oct 2012 - 8:24 PM

great, .. indeed

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rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
6 Oct 2012 - 12:52 AM

Some moment Rod !!!!!!! Superb.
Ron.

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almiles
almiles  438 forum posts United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
6 Oct 2012 - 6:23 AM

I can only echo Hazelmouse's comment about the structure of the image. It's very well exposed too for a great wildlife and habitat image.

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Eviscera
Eviscera e2 Member 81104 forum postsEviscera vcard United Kingdom149 Constructive Critique Points
6 Oct 2012 - 4:45 PM

Brilliant !

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tonyheps
tonyheps  111 Constructive Critique Points
6 Oct 2012 - 5:49 PM

Spectacular shot!!

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jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1081 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
7 Oct 2012 - 5:41 PM

They served mink whale on Iceland, but I refused to eat it, much better to see it this way

Peter

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
11 Oct 2012 - 10:51 AM

Wonderful shot, the whale outline echoing the ice blocks beyond.
Ronnie.

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