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Breach and Breach, Platypus Bay, Queensland, Australia

By BobinAus
A humpback whale lies on her back and slaps her long pectoral fins on the water, apparently encouraging her calf to breach. This was one energetic and obedient calf. It continued to breach with hardly a break for over half an hour!

As the calf grows older, it will need to perfect this manoeuvre for defence and possibly communication with other whales.

The shallow waters of Platypus Bay (on the western side of Fraser Island) provide a haven for the migrating whales to rest, socialise and mate, free from harassment by orcas and large sharks. Thousands of them trickle in and out of the Bay between August and October each year during their southward migration from tropical waters to Antartica.

Tags: Australia Queensland Marine mammal Humpback whale Wildlife and nature whale calf whale breach pectoral fins pec slap

Voters: SauliusR, BillRookery, mike9005 and 31 more

Comments


16 Sep 2018 8:49AM
wAw BoB, this must have been a breathtaking experiance!
Good looking capture and personally I think the choice to go B&W suits this image.
Cheers, GuyWink

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Great experience ...whale watching rather than whale hunting ...superb photograph well done
cats_123 Plus
15 4.9k 29 Northern Ireland
16 Sep 2018 10:11AM
Wonderful to see...especially that close Smile
rambler Plus
11 1.0k 17 England
16 Sep 2018 11:42AM
Exhilarating shot Bob, and a superb capture,

Ken SmileSmileSmile
sturko 1 Sweden
16 Sep 2018 12:25PM
SmileSmileSmileSmileSmile
BobinAus Plus
4 2 10 Australia
16 Sep 2018 12:35PM

Quote:wAw BoB, this must have been a breathtaking experiance!
Good looking capture and personally I think the choice to go B&W suits this image.
Cheers, GuyWink



Thanks very much, Guy. I chose black and white because that treatment weakens the overpowering impact of the flashes of sunlight on the choppy surface of the ocean. Tomorrow I'll post a coloured picture of the same calf, with the sun at a better angle.
Cheers,
Bob

BobinAus Plus
4 2 10 Australia
16 Sep 2018 12:41PM

Quote:Great experience ...whale watching rather than whale hunting ...superb photograph well done


Thanks Vincent. These animals are amazingly trusting especially considering that humpbacks and other whales were hunted almost to complete extinction only 50 years ago, from whaling stations not too far from Platypus Bay. I hope that Japan, nor any other country, does not resume commercial whaling. Bob
BobinAus Plus
4 2 10 Australia
16 Sep 2018 12:47PM

Quote:Wonderful to see...especially that close Smile


Thanks Jeff. The only way to get close to the whales is on a boat. Of course, the boats are not allowed to approach too closely. Often, however, the whales will swim right up to the boat, including mothers with their calf. Cheers, Bob
BobinAus Plus
4 2 10 Australia
16 Sep 2018 12:48PM

Quote:Exhilarating shot Bob, and a superb capture,

Ken SmileSmileSmile



Thanks very much, Ken.
Bob
16 Sep 2018 6:40PM
Excellent image
BobinAus Plus
4 2 10 Australia
17 Sep 2018 11:09AM

Quote:Excellent image


Thanks very much Andy.
Bob
jacomes Plus
4 20 1 France
17 Sep 2018 10:08PM
Wow! superb; glad to give you 30th vote
BobinAus Plus
4 2 10 Australia
21 Sep 2018 11:28AM

Quote:Wow! superb; glad to give you 30th vote


Thanks very much James. I appreciate the 30th vote!
Cheers,
Bob
Chinga Plus
9 3 1 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2018 12:18PM
I'd love to see this! Brilliant wildlife photography!
Isabel GrinGrin

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