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Ted Szukalski

Gallery of fine art photography.

Anti-whaling ship Ady Gil and the Japanese whalers’ ship the Shonan Maru 2 collide

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News agencies are reporting anti-whaling ship Ady Gil and the Japanese whalers’ ship the Shonan Maru 2 collided in remote Antarctic waters. Both sides are providing conflicting accounts of the event each side blaming the other for the collision.

All I can say is watching the whales is far more rewarding then eating them. They are social, they interact they are playful and curious. Seeing a big whale raise a couple of meters from your boat like a tower just to have a look at you leaves a very memorable impression.

Humpback Whale

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Our whale watching expedition turned out to be exceptionally successful. We came across many Humpback Whale pods. The captain of our catamaran said that in his 17 years of running the tours he never seen whales to come that close to the boat by themselves. How close? The mum whale raised about two meters from the boat, showing her enormous size. She stood up and had a good look at as all and as unexpectedly as she appeared she vanished below the water surface. No one was ready for that. We all had long lenses on our cameras prepared to photograph them from afar.

Seeing her rise from the water I quickly zoomed out and stepped back as quickly as I could. The photograph you see here of this massive Humpback Whale is the result of that moment. Unforgeable experience.