Humpback whales – Reunion Island by Cédric Péneau
Baby whales don’t know how to breathe, so their mothers have to hold them up, close to the surface, until they learn.
A North Atlantic right whale known as Harmony (#3115) and her young calf were the first right whales spotted during the 2015-2016 calving season. A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission survey plane found them resting and nursing 10 miles east of Jekyll Island, Georgia on December 10, 2015. The following day, researchers with Sea to Shore Alliance spotted the pair again 14 miles east of Jekyll Island.
credit: Sea to Shore Alliance, NOAA permit #15488 via Georgia DNR
‘Every year from July to late October southern humpback whales migrate north from their Antarctic feeding grounds to give birth in the warm sheltered waters off Tonga. Ray encountered this humpback mother and calf peacefully floating in the plankton-filled water around the island group of Vava‘u, Tonga.After Ray gently approached them, the giants swam a bit closer to have a look at him.While they made this elegant turn, Ray took the shot. #nature #underwater #humpbackwhales #whales #tonga
Photograph: Ray Chin/Natural History Museum
A double breach from mother and calf!