19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
'LICORICE FLYING' - Baby calf breaching and flying across the ocean

'Licorice' as I named this one was breaching and showing how it's done. It's unusual to see a whale with nearly all black underbelly here, they tend to be mostly in the northern hemisphere. This one with it's mum was heading home as part of the Southern Migration in the Pacific Ocean. Its assumed to be less than four weeks old. I can't wait to look out for it next year.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 10.2021
Date Uploaded: 11.2021
Photo Location: BYRON BAY, Australia
Camera: NIKON D850
Copyright: © Sonia Friedrich