Dwarf minke whale, Balaenoptera acutorostrata

This minke whale approached at speed, surfaced, exhaled and made eye contact as it passed by our whale research vessel (part of a world first minke satellite tagging expedition). The minkes seemed to enjoy surfing in the south-east trades, gracing us with a curious glance as they sped by.

Ribbon Reefs, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland

Canon EOS 1D Mk IV, Canon EF 100–400mm f4.5–5.6 L IS USM 170mm, 1/100, f/10, ISO 1600, handheld

by Pam Osborn, Western Australia