16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Humpback Portrait

The local guide warned us that they were "crazy whales"; a term they use to describe hyperactive whales that would not be shy with humans. In this photo, the humpback whale was so curious with my camera that it swam 5 meters in front of me and starred straight into my lens.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 09.2016
Date Uploaded: 11.2018
Photo Location: Vava'u, Tonga
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Copyright: © Mok Hoe