Humpback whale in the Antarctic Ocean
Category: Outdoor Scenes
Photo and caption by Andrew Scriven
I was sailing in the Antarctic Ocean. Approaching from the stern, the humpback whale swam slowly to the surface alongside me. The water was so clear I was able to watch it from some depth. It brushed the surface, taking in a breath and a view of the ship before slowly and effortlessly descending back down into the depths and darkness. I held my breath and took the photograph. It was a beautiful moment. The polarizing filter and wake from our ship helped create the magical effect seen on the water. It is a memory I will never forget.
Location: Antarctic Ocean, North of the Antarctic Peninsula
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