Mother and calf

ANIMAL PORTRAIT

A Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) mother and her calf maintain an inseparable bond for the first few years of the calf’s life. The mother is very protective of her curious newborn calf, and will support it as it learns about its environment. In this image the mother physically supports her calf, helping it to the surface to take a breath.

Tonga, South Pacific

Canon EOS 5D MkII, EF 17–40mm f/4L lens, 1/125, f5.6, ISO 200; Ikelite for Canon EOS 5D MkII

by Scott Portelli, New South Wales