CONNECTION

HUMPBACK WHALE

MEGAPTERA NOVAEANGLIAE

A humpback female intensely watches over her newborn calf as it explores a new environment. The shallow waters offer protection for a young calf that needs to breathe every 2–3 minutes. The female is poised to follow an unpredictable calf who looks below to a protective mother.

Tonga, South Pacific
Canon 5D MK III, 15mm fisheye lens, 1/200, f/8, ISO 200

by Scott Portelli