November 16, 2015

Humpback Whale, Tonga

Photograph by Matthew Draper, National Geographic Your Shot

"A large, inquisitive, and almost dangerously playful female humpback whale calf measures me with her pectoral fin," explains Matthew Draper, who took this photo in Tonga. "This image was captured on a very wide fish-eye lens, which doesn’t quite show how close she really is. By measuring how close I am she can determine if her tail is going to come in contact with me as she swims past."

This picture was submitted to the 2015 National Geographic Photo Contest. See others like it >>

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