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Eye to Eye

Eye to Eye
Taken by
vanessa Mignon
Date taken
Sept. 6, 2011
This picture was taken in the islands of Vava’u, Tonga. I was on a whale watching/swimming daytrip and we had been spending hours and hours looking for whales without success. I was feeling very disappointed as we were heading back to the harbour. But suddenly, when less expected, we saw whales splashing in the distance. We got closer and realised it was 2 adults humpbacks whales possibly in the process of courting. We got in the water and it was the most amazing experience and a very beautiful moment. The whales were rolling, interacting with each other and touching each other softly. They didn’t seem to mind us at all, on the contrary, they came close on a few occasions and we could clearly see that they were curious about us, especially this whale who kept spy hopping next to the boat and coming back to us and checking us out. This is my favourite picture as the whale came so close that I got to look into its eye as it was looking back at me. I had heard that looking into the eye of a whale was a special experience, and it truly is.
Camera make
Camera model
5D mark ii
Housing manufacturer
Shutter speed
f 8