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16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Humpback Whale Breaches Nearby

On the Silver Bank off of the Dominican Republic, I was in a permitted boat following a mother humpback and her calf. This male humpback escort apparently felt challenged and breached directly in front of us.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 02.2018
Date Uploaded: 11.2018
Photo Location: Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
Camera: Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
Copyright: © Richard La Belle