The precursor to yesterdays upload of a Very Close encounter with a Humpback whale in Aukes Bay Alaska. This shot was captured just as the whale was about to 'flick' it's tail fin before going into a deep dive to feed on the way down. It appears that on each deep dive the whale opens it's jaws and takes on about the same amount of water as it would take to fill a medium size swimming pool! This is then forced out under pressure through a filter system and the food captured then digested. Again it was so close and it happened so unexpectedly that I missed the top of the dorsal fin
Apart from that it was an amazing experience and it was so close you can see all the marks and scars on the body. I converted to mono as it looked a much better and more dramatic image that way.
Thanks again for all your kind comments and votes for previous Alaska images.
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