EMBRACE

HUMPBACK WHALES

MEGAPTERA NOVAEANGLIAE

Humpbacks gather in numbers in the waters of the Tongan archipelago during the southern hemisphere winter. The females give birth here and, while fasting themselves, nurture their new-born calves. This calf watches, secure in the reassuring embrace of its mother. Ahead of it lies the perilous migration to the Antarctic feeding grounds. 

Vava’u, Kingdom of Tonga

Canon 5DSR, EF24–105mm f/4L IS USM, 1/250, f/8, ISO 640, Nauticam underwater housing

by Wade Hughes