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'Going Down'

By briantjjones
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 Sad

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.

Regards, Brian.

Tags: Alaska Humpback whale Wildlife and nature Aukes Bay

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10 9 57 United Kingdom
23 Jan 2014 12:40PM
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a tremendous image of a great creature.

ColleenA Plus
5 367 6 Australia
24 Jan 2014 12:22PM
Great shot Brian, what an awesome experience, have always viewed the whales from the mono conversion, great photography
ali63 Plus
6 775 1 United Kingdom
24 Jan 2014 1:22PM
Fabulous image,

andyf3050 4 11 United Kingdom
24 Jan 2014 1:38PM
Any opportunity like this is priceless...! Fantastic image, nice work..!

24 Jan 2014 2:41PM
I guess strictly speaking this is not a good image. LOL. I can literally hear a judge in my cc taking it apart.
BUT never one for mainstream (and usually one to score low in cc competitions!) I really like this. the shades of grey and the crisp detail are excellent. well done.
9 10 10 England
24 Jan 2014 2:51PM
This was one heck of a close encounter and congratulations on the photography.
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
24 Jan 2014 4:08PM

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
24 Jan 2014 4:20PM
JawDborn Plus
6 1.2k 1 England
24 Jan 2014 6:46PM
Great work capturing this image.

mistere Plus
4 4 3 England
24 Jan 2014 6:52PM
Great shot, well captured.

mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
24 Jan 2014 7:27PM
An image we do not see to often Brian.
Interesting shot.
24 Jan 2014 11:20PM
Wow - stunning. I love whales!
29 Jan 2014 1:37PM
Fascinating image, Brian!!

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