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Taken whilst on honeymoon in Antigua last summer. I was at lunch with my new wife on a beach terrace with the whale about half a mile out. Hence this photo is a 100% crop at full zoom (300mm). So what are the odds...?

> Last time whales appeared near Galley Bay was 15 years ago.
> This one surfaced with it's baby only 5 or 6 times.
> Only once did it surface inline with the cruise ship.
> The cruise ship leaves once a week.
> I had my camera with me (only once during the whole holiday did I have it with me at lunch).
> I had the right telephoto lens on (1 in 3).

So what are the odds?!! Don't know but I consider myself very lucky and extremely privileged.

Enjoy.

Gez.

f10.0, 1/320, ISO100, 300mm.

Camera:Canon EOS 350D
Lens:70-300 IS
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:What are the odds?
Username:gez_c gez_c
Uploaded:30 Apr 2009 - 7:06 PM
Tags:Wildlife / nature
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JoshCunliffe
30 Apr 2009 - 7:18 PM

Ridiculously slim odds, amazing capture! Congratulations

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lifesnapper
lifesnapper e2 Member 7lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
30 Apr 2009 - 7:21 PM

amazing

John Smile

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VidB
VidB  5 United Kingdom11 Constructive Critique Points
30 Apr 2009 - 7:26 PM

Superb, whats the chances of seeing that happen again, well captured
Dave

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tim g
tim g  10 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2009 - 7:27 PM

Wonderful capture.

Tim

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motorsportpictures

WOW, what a sightr.
Scott

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Rubydooby
Rubydooby  5 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2009 - 7:36 PM

Wow, great shot...well captured! The colour of the sea is amazing too!
Ruby

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Wilmot
Wilmot  5338 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
30 Apr 2009 - 7:36 PM

What a stunning sight
Steve

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RRT
RRT  5 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2009 - 7:44 PM

Amazing what a stunning sight

Ray

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Baz72
Baz72 e2 Member 530 forum postsBaz72 vcard Scotland
30 Apr 2009 - 8:03 PM

Nice capture !
Brian.

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don155
don155  5 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2009 - 8:05 PM

Unique and great, you should do the lottery!

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hary60
hary60  5 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2009 - 8:28 PM

Superb shot
Harry

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CraigJones
30 Apr 2009 - 8:39 PM

Brillant capture, very well done

Craig

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fionaprice789
30 Apr 2009 - 9:12 PM

Bet you couldnt do that again! Well done.

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WOZZERHART
30 Apr 2009 - 9:18 PM

The right time and place, well done

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gez_c
gez_c  5 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2009 - 9:18 PM

I bet I couldn't Fiona!
Thanks all for the comments and votes - much appreciated.
Gez

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User_Removed
30 Apr 2009 - 9:27 PM

Amazing odds

Dave

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Dave_Holdham
30 Apr 2009 - 9:51 PM

Awsome shot, against all odds

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kaybee
kaybee  93697 forum posts Scotland24 Constructive Critique Points
30 Apr 2009 - 10:06 PM

You lucky.................
Hope you bought a lottery ticket

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bromley-smith
30 Apr 2009 - 10:12 PM

Try the euro lottery as well. Just amazing, Tony.

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alexshairp
30 Apr 2009 - 10:24 PM

Hell yea; but that's what it's all about!

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SKETCHER68
30 Apr 2009 - 10:36 PM

stunning shot. S

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Steve-T
Steve-T  750 forum posts England66 Constructive Critique Points
30 Apr 2009 - 10:40 PM

Incredible. Great shot.
Steve

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chensuriashi e2 Member 7129 forum postschensuriashi vcard England17 Constructive Critique Points
1 May 2009 - 1:41 AM

A very well timed Click!! here, the Whale was posing just for you...Chen.

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johnjrp
johnjrp e2 Member 10424 forum postsjohnjrp vcard Australia4 Constructive Critique Points
1 May 2009 - 5:14 AM

Great capture. We are having lots of whale sharks coming down our coast this time of year. Magic creatures. John

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PixieMac  5
1 May 2009 - 5:15 AM

Just had to show everyone in work this one, Amazing
Jaks

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IOWAndy
IOWAndy  5 United Kingdom
1 May 2009 - 2:39 PM

Great Capture. I went to Hawaii to see these wonderful animals but didn't get anything half as good as this! Well done.

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gez_c
gez_c  5 United Kingdom
3 May 2009 - 9:46 AM

Thanks for the additional comments and votes. My first EPZ readers award - ok, more down to luck than skill so here's to the next one!
Thanks all
Gez
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ZX1400  6 United Kingdom
18 May 2009 - 7:55 PM

Superb capture and what a stroke of luck.
Taco

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jackson8472
6 Jun 2010 - 1:06 PM

brilliant!
you will probably NEVER get that shot again, so well done!
great shot!

tony

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gez_c  5 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2010 - 8:53 PM

Thanks for the latest comments - much appreciated.

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