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20-04-10, 03:05 PM
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Flukes shots

With the huge expanses of ocean around the Antarctic, I had very little reason to think I would be lucky enough to see any whales. I thought any shots I got would be a complete fluke (fluke - whale flukes - gettit?? Groan) Still, I did get lucky a few times....

Humpback whales surface to breathe nearby, we got covered in the mist from their plumes (someone should develop breath-fresheners for whales, it would be a service).



Then they dived and disappeared.



We sailed into a super-pod of Killer Whales - 60 or so - it was amazing to see them in little groups all around us.



Orcas in Neco Harbour




Another fantastic experience...in a little rubber zodiac and this humpback kept surfacing within just meters of the boat. Eventually he also got bored of us and dived (that's when the flukes usually come up). Trying to get any shots in a dingy bobbing in the rough channels of the Melchior Islands is, er, challenging. The best way seemed to be lying on the bottom of the boat leaning on the side - a recipe for a wet camera - or one lost over the side!


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20-04-10, 04:42 PM
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Re: Flukes shots

Some great shots there Sam - love the last one.. it looks gigantic!
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20-04-10, 05:45 PM
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Re: Flukes shots

Fantastic photo's Sam, the last one is a classic, you're lucky to have the opportunity.

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20-04-10, 07:18 PM
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Re: Flukes shots

Stunning images. Must have been amazing to be there.
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20-04-10, 08:52 PM
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Great set, really excellent images


     
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20-04-10, 08:58 PM
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Re: Flukes shots

Fantastic - I'm not jealous honest.

I think the last two are great.
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21-04-10, 12:56 PM
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Fantastic crop on the last one. Love it


     
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21-04-10, 01:19 PM
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Re: Flukes shots

Last one for me too, great shot
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