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Humpback Whales Breaching, Hervey Bay Queensland

By BobinAus
Two humpback whales - a mother and her calf - leap out of the water in Hervey Bay, near Fraser Island in Queensland. During the southward migration to the Antarctic many of the whales take a break in the bay's sheltered waters which are largely free of orcas and other predators. Here they rest, socialise, mate and teach the calves the skills necessary for survival including breaching. Alas, the calf is slightly out of focus. Capturing this kind of high-speed activity which can literally appear "out of nowhere" involves a compromise between a shutter speed and depth of field, which I did not get right. I hope you enjoy the picture anyway.

Tags: Australia Queensland Breach Wildlife and nature Humpback Whales

Voters: mashwood10, nstewart, lonely_oryx and 30 more

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ColleenA Plus
7 440 6 Australia
15 Oct 2016 11:56AM
An excellent shot. I've tried photographing whales in South Africa and yes it's hard to know where they will breach. Amazing sightings of whales off Queensland and New South Wales at present it's really exciting.

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cats_123 Plus
15 4.9k 29 Northern Ireland
15 Oct 2016 3:19PM
I would be more than happy to have caught this 😀😀😀
15 Oct 2016 3:59PM
I would have been happy just to have seen this, let alone captured it GrinGrinGrin
BobinAus Plus
4 2 10 Australia
16 Oct 2016 4:50AM
Thanks for your votes and your comments which are all much appreciated. Seeing the Humpback whales is not so difficult any longer, along the eastern coast of Australia. The population on this migration pathway has recovered remarkably well, from a low of just 200-300 individuals when whaling ceased at the end of the 1970's to an estimated 20,000 or so now. From just about any headland or island along the east coast they can viewed - often at close range. This picture was taken, however, from one of the whale watching boats which operate out of Hervey Bay.
BobinAus Plus
4 2 10 Australia
16 Oct 2016 11:05AM
Thank you for the awards, DaveRyder and Cats-123. Very chuffed indeed!
Toni29 8 4 Australia
14 Feb 2017 7:22AM
A wonderful capture, Bob. Your photos always impress.Grin

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