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16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
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A 30 tonne humpback whale flexed its pectoral fin and slapped the water just inches away from my camera. The effects of the explosive movement generated a huge ‘boom’ in the water, which I could feel reverberating in my chest.

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