A Curious Encounter

Humpback whale

Megaptera novaeangliae

A humpback whale mother and neonate calf appear intrigued by this alien mammal with a camera. I like the curves and elegance of their extended pectoral fins – the ‘great wing’ recognised in their genus name, Megaptera. Eye contact with such charismatic megafauna is always beguiling.

Vava’u, Kingdom of Tonga

Canon EOS 5DsR, Canon EF 8–15mm f/24L fisheye USM + 1.4 teleconverter (21mm), 1/180, f/8, ISO 400, Nauticam underwater housing, Zen 100mm mini-dome

by Wayne Osborn