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Minke whale

By RodStrachan  
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.

Tags: Ice Sea Whale Antarctica Wildlife and nature Minke

Voters: NaturesHaven, PinkK, Hazelmouse and 24 more

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Hazelmouse 11 376 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2012 7:53PM
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 Plus
7 101 15 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2012 8:03PM
An absolutely marvellous image, how I envy you the opportunity to capture such moments.
senn Plus
7 5 1 Belgium
5 Oct 2012 8:24PM
great, .. indeed
rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
6 Oct 2012 12:52AM
Some moment Rod !!!!!!! Superb.
almiles 8 38 102 United Kingdom
6 Oct 2012 6:23AM
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.
Eviscera 12 1.1k 149 United Kingdom
6 Oct 2012 4:45PM
Brilliant !
tonyheps 15 6 1
6 Oct 2012 5:49PM
Spectacular shot!!
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
7 Oct 2012 5:41PM
They served mink whale on Iceland, but I refused to eat it, much better to see it this way

RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
11 Oct 2012 10:51AM
Wonderful shot, the whale outline echoing the ice blocks beyond.

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