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What are the odds?

By gez_c  
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.

Tags: Wildlife and nature

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Comments


30 Apr 2009 7:18PM
Ridiculously slim odds, amazing capture! Congratulations

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30 Apr 2009 7:21PM
amazing

John Smile
VidB 8 11 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2009 7:26PM
Superb, whats the chances of seeing that happen again, well captured
Dave
tim g 13 13 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2009 7:27PM
Wonderful capture.

Tim
30 Apr 2009 7:33PM
WOW, what a sightr.
Scott
30 Apr 2009 7:36PM
Wow, great shot...well captured! The colour of the sea is amazing too!
Ruby
Wilmot 8 338 1 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2009 7:36PM
What a stunning sight
Steve
RRT 7 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2009 7:44PM
Amazing what a stunning sight

Ray
Baz72 7 30 Scotland
30 Apr 2009 8:03PM
Nice capture !
Brian.
don155 8 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2009 8:05PM
Unique and great, you should do the lottery!
hary60 7 2 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2009 8:28PM
Superb shot
Harry
30 Apr 2009 8:39PM
Brillant capture, very well done

Craig
Bet you couldnt do that again! Well done.
30 Apr 2009 9:18PM
The right time and place, well done
gez_c 8 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2009 9:18PM
I bet I couldn't Fiona!
Thanks all for the comments and votes - much appreciated.
Gez
User_Removed 8 78 1 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2009 9:27PM
Amazing odds

Dave
Dave_Holdham 7 4 1 Wales
30 Apr 2009 9:51PM
Awsome shot, against all odds
kaybee 12 4.9k 25 Scotland
30 Apr 2009 10:06PM
You lucky.................
Hope you bought a lottery ticket
30 Apr 2009 10:12PM
Try the euro lottery as well. Just amazing, Tony.
30 Apr 2009 10:24PM
Hell yea; but that's what it's all about!
30 Apr 2009 10:36PM
stunning shot. S
Steve-T 9 56 66 England
30 Apr 2009 10:40PM
Incredible. Great shot.
Steve
chensuriashi Plus
10 247 17 England
1 May 2009 1:41AM
A very well timed Click!! here, the Whale was posing just for you...Chen.
johnjrp 12 432 5 Australia
1 May 2009 5:14AM
Great capture. We are having lots of whale sharks coming down our coast this time of year. Magic creatures. John
1 May 2009 5:15AM
Just had to show everyone in work this one, Amazing
Jaks
IOWAndy 7 19 United Kingdom
1 May 2009 2:39PM
Great Capture. I went to Hawaii to see these wonderful animals but didn't get anything half as good as this! Well done.
gez_c 8 United Kingdom
3 May 2009 9:46AM
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 9 United Kingdom
18 May 2009 7:55PM
Superb capture and what a stroke of luck.
Taco
jackson8472 8 11 1 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2010 1:06PM
brilliant!
you will probably NEVER get that shot again, so well done!
great shot!

tony
gez_c 8 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2010 8:53PM
Thanks for the latest comments - much appreciated.

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