21st Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Mother's love

Taken in Kingdom of Tonga When a mother and calf are encountered, the calf is almost always snuggled up to the mother. The mother whale always supports her calf, which is not yet a good swimmer, from below. This is no different from that of a human parent and child, and it is a very endearing sight.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 09.2023
Date Uploaded: 10.2023
Photo Location: Neiafu, Tonga
Copyright: © Daisuke Kurashima