Humpback feeding, really close
Humpback feeding, really close

Humpback Whale
(Megaptera novaeangliae)

Humpback Whale encounters in Wilhelmina Bay were incredibly close… this individual was feeding nearby and at one point it was swimming right under our zodiac! It surfaced, less than 5 meters from us, with the jaws opened, filling its mouth with a huge gulp of water, which it then expelled through its baleen plates, as the image shows, keeping the krill that is its staple food inside. The whale was so close that we could smell its breath (which was not very pleasant, by the way…).

Los avistajes de Yubarta en Wilhelmina Bay pueden ser increíblemente cercanos... este ejemplar, que estaba alimentandose cerca, pasó en un momento justo por debajo de nuestra zodiac. Cuando salió a la superficie, con las mandíbulas abiertas, lo hizo a menos de cinco metros de nosotros, llenando su enorme boca de agua, que luego expulsó a través de las ballenas, como muestra la imagen, reteniendo el krill que le sirve de alimento. La yubarta estaba tan cerca que pudimos oler su aliento cuando respiró (que por cierto, no olía a flores precisamente...)

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Nikon D7000, Nikon 70-200mm, handheld from a zodiac
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Date: 16/01/2014

Location: Wilhemina Bay, Antarctic Peninsula

Photographer: Arturo de Frias

Humpback feeding, really close

Humpback Whale
(Megaptera novaeangliae)

Humpback Whale encounters in Wilhelmina Bay were incredibly close… this individual was feeding nearby and at one point it was swimming right under our zodiac! It surfaced, less than 5 meters from us, with the jaws opened, filling its mouth with a huge gulp of water, which it then expelled through its baleen plates, as the image shows, keeping the krill that is its staple food inside. The whale was so close that we could smell its breath (which was not very pleasant, by the way…).

Los avistajes de Yubarta en Wilhelmina Bay pueden ser increíblemente cercanos... este ejemplar, que estaba alimentandose cerca, pasó en un momento justo por debajo de nuestra zodiac. Cuando salió a la superficie, con las mandíbulas abiertas, lo hizo a menos de cinco metros de nosotros, llenando su enorme boca de agua, que luego expulsó a través de las ballenas, como muestra la imagen, reteniendo el krill que le sirve de alimento. La yubarta estaba tan cerca que pudimos oler su aliento cuando respiró (que por cierto, no olía a flores precisamente...)

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Nikon D7000, Nikon 70-200mm, handheld from a zodiac
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Date: 16/01/2014

Location: Wilhemina Bay, Antarctic Peninsula

Photographer: Arturo de Frias