Amazing Encounter with Humpback Whales

January 22, 2013 — Leave a comment

Booth Island, Antarctic Peninsula

This morning we had an amazing encounter with two very playful humpback whales who expressed their curiosity by coming up right next to us in our zodiacs, sometimes even swimming under the boats and giving us a gentle nudge. The zodiacs sat motionless and the whales swam from boat to boat, much to delight of the guests.

I chose to shoot stills today, as did my wife, Sisse Brimberg, giving us very unique and different perspectives. Normally we suggest carrying a long lens for shooting whales, but today, the wide-angle was the right choice. Never have we had such up close and personal encounters with these magnificent creatures. The skillful Linblad naturalists did an amazing job driving the boats, giving us great photo and video access, at the same time, without disturbing the animals behavior.

Photos by Sisse Brimberg & Cotton Coulson, ExpeditonWorkshops

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