The tail-slap – Humpback Whale


Tail-slapping is an energetic behaviour, particularly when whales are fasting on their southern migration back to their Antarctic feeding grounds. Whether it is to show off or just to dust off a few parasites, it is an awesome and noisy spectacle. Since 2006, I have photographed 1480 whales in Exmouth Gulf for a scientific catalogue. 

Exmouth Gulf, Western Australia

Canon EOS 1D MkIV, Canon EF 100–400mm f/4.5–5.6L IS USM lens, 1/1600, f10, ISO 400; handheld from the boat

by Pam Osborn, Western Australia