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Fin Whale Pictures


Monday, April 14, 2008

 
 
 Fin Whale Picture
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ID# WFN-016
Fin Whale with Shortfin Mako Shark
species: Balaenoptera physalus
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Although not the best photo ever taken of a Fin Whale, it does capture an instant of a quite unexpected behavior. I had dove down as the Fin Whale approached and was looking over the top of my camera housing when I realized that something was trailing the whale, directly behind its fluke. First thought was its a dolphin. Then it registered, given the size of the Fin Whale it must be something larger. It proved to be a very respectable sized Mako Shark, likely ten feet or more in length. As the shark made eye contact with me, it bolted up and over the back of the whale which instantly went into crash dive mode. I was able to get this single frame off before they both disappeared into the blue.

A good day on the ocean? You bet!


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