I was observing and photographing the courting behaviour of two Humpback Whales (Megaptera novaeangliae). Suddenly, one of them ascended right in front of me, and paused there to check me out. Many people had told me that there was nothing like looking into a whale eye, and I could not agree more.
Vava’u, Kingdom of Tonga
Canon EOS 5D MkII, Canon EF 16–35mm f/2.8L II USM lens, 1/160, f7.1, ISO 320; Subal underwater housingby Vanessa Mignon, New South Wales