Whalecome to Tonga!!!
I know, this photo is beyond to be on my quality parameters. My underwater camera is new, and the weather conditions this day was complicated (4 meters waves, 30 knots of winds)... The whales were very fast, but for 3 minutes, they decided to stop a little bit and let us enjoy this first glimpse of what it's going to be this season. So, for my first underwater picture, I'm happy. And I'd like to let it here, so we can accompany my skill's progress and also the season's progress.
A female humpback rolls over and rubs her back on the sandy sea floor, watched by her calf and her escort.
I couldn't believe my eyes as this unfolded beneath us, we'd spent a wonderful morning over the shallow reefs down south before this brief moment stopped us in our tracks.
Thanks to our skipper Ali Takau for a fabulous day.
Photo & caption by @darrenjew
We encounter spinner dolphins periodically when we’re out looking for humpbacks in Tonga. They have some favourite haunts and it’s always really special to have them bow-ride, breaking the surface within arms reach if you’re up on the forward deck. They are shy of people in the water and therefor really hard to swim with. But sometimes we get lucky. You too could get lucky ... we have 3 spots left for this coming humpback season... get in touch if you’d like to join @pxlexplorer and I for this years @whalesunderwater tours.
During our 2017 Orca season in Norway 🇳🇴 we were incredibly lucky to encounter two gigantic Fin Whales amongst the herring, orca and humpbacks! What a sight! We spotted their towering and distinctive blows from a very very long way away and headed across the fjord to spend time watching them from the surface. Fin whales are slender and fast and can grow to well over 20m... which makes them second in size only to the Blue Whale. Maybe we’ll encounter them again when our groups reach the fjords this coming November. If you’d like to join @pxlexplorer and @darrenjew on one of these amazing voyages, to see whales and the northern lights, we have a few berths still available for this coming season November 2018.
The humpback whale was once an endangered species. It was so close to extinction that many said: "let it go." However, those who believed in the power of hope, action, and policy wouldn't let up. Activists stood up for this whale. Governments made changes. Politicians listened to their constituents. People didn't give up. They fought. Today the humpback is on the rebound and in healthy numbers. I am currently on a @Sea_Legacy expedition, with @CristinaMittermeier , @_tomconlin , and, @susan_bird_ in the Azores to document blue whales. The Azores is an autonomous region of Portugal, in the mid-Atlantic Ocean, that is home to one of the highest concentrations of megafauna in the world.
Photo & caption by @paulnicklen
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Happy hump(back) day! 🐋
Just hanging! This year we have had a lot of groups of juveniles, who are too young to mate, so they cruise around in groups of three or four like packs of teenagers at the mall.