ICE WHALE

HUMPBACK WHALE

MEGAPTERA NOVAEANGLIAE

A humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) propels its 40-tonne body from the icy waters. A backdrop of glaciers and ice line the bay as a colony of gentoo penguins lays witness to this breaching giant. Antarctica provides the rich nutrients and source of food that humpback whales gorge on in summer.

Antarctica

Canon 1DX Mk II, 100–400mm, 1/500, f/29, ISO 500

by Scott Portelli