Close encounters of the whale kind

By Guido Trombetta on 7:08 AM , ,

Photograph by Brian Skerry / © National Geographic Society. All rights reserved

In the previous post I've shown you some of the winner images of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year, a competition organized by the Natural History Museum of London and BBC Wildlife Magazine. Among all those wonderful images of wild animals one of the most emphatic was the winner of the underwater section, called "First Encounter". This picture by the american photographer Brian Skerry it's part of a reportage made for the National Geographic Magazine about a "pristine population" of southern right whales, discovered just ten years ago off New Zealand's Auckland Islands.
'Swimming with a 14-metre-long, 70-tonne whale, off the Auckland Islands, New Zealand, was the single most incredible animal encounter I have ever had. It was probably memorable for the southern right whale, too, which became fascinated by my dive buddy. Almost certainly the whale had never encountered humans under water, and was as curious about us as we were about it

Photograph by Brian Skerry / © National Geographic Society. All rights reserved

Right Whales are called this way because whalers thought they were the "right" ones to hunt, as they float when killed and often swim within sight of the shore. Populations were vastly reduced by intensive harvesting during the active years of the whaling industry. Today, instead of hunting them, people often watch these acrobatic whales for pleasure but they are still endangered mainly for the collisions with ships' screws.

Photograph by Brian Skerry / © National Geographic Society. All rights reserved

Photograph by Brian Skerry / © National Geographic Society. All rights reserved

Photograph by Brian Skerry / © National Geographic Society. All rights reserved

Click here to see the other pictures of this fantastic National Geographic Magazine reportage.
The pictures I've posted are also downloadable in the wallpapers section of the NGM site (look for October 2008). An amazing source of beauty!


25 Response to 'Close encounters of the whale kind'

  1. Ivo Mulder'> September 3, 2009 at 5:10 PM

    Unbelievably beautiful animals!


  2. Anonymous'> November 23, 2009 at 11:11 AM

    It was very interesting for me to read that article. Thank you for it. I like such topics and anything that is connected to them. I definitely want to read a bit more on that blog soon.


  3. Anonymous'> January 24, 2010 at 5:42 AM

    Keep on posting such stories. I like to read stories like this. By the way add more pics :)


  4. Anonymous'> November 17, 2010 at 11:38 AM

    I've dreamed about the first picture, and now I found it. I really hope these incredible animals will survive!


  5. Anonymous'> March 2, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    Fabulous, what a website it is! This weblog provides helpful data
    to us, keep it up.

    My website - diets that work
    Also see my site - diets that work


  6. Anonymous'> April 4, 2013 at 5:38 AM

    I simply could not go away your site prior to suggesting that I extremely enjoyed the usual info an
    individual supply to your guests? Is going to be again incessantly to check up on new posts

    Here is my blog canada dating sites


  7. Anonymous'> April 11, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    I like the helpful info you provide in your articles.
    I will bookmark your weblog and check again here frequently.
    I'm quite certain I will learn a lot of new stuff right here! Good luck for the next!

    my web page -


  8. Anonymous'> April 15, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    I think other website proprietors should take this website as an model, very
    clean and wonderful user genial style and design, let alone the content.
    You're an expert in this topic!

    Feel free to visit my webpage - cyber sex


  9. Anonymous'> May 7, 2013 at 1:35 AM

    In case you are likely to run the AC, then run it.

    Check out my web site bowflex selecttech 552 dumbbells used


  10. Anonymous'> May 7, 2013 at 8:01 AM

    The workouts challenge you constantly to phase up your performance
    level, and let you to concentrate on factors for example excess fat burning.

    My web site - Http://Www.Getfitnstrong.Com/Bowflex-Dumbbells/4-Reasons-Bowflex-Weights-Get-Here


  11. Anonymous'> May 9, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    Busy agenda and cannot help it become for the gymnasium?

    My blog post: mouse click the up coming webpage


  12. Anonymous'> May 10, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    In some cases, functioning out from home is best
    simply because you can work out at your comfort.

    Also visit my page adjustable dumbbells


  13. Anonymous'> May 11, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    These Training Equipments aid you in the direction of improving upon cardiovascular overall
    performance, building-up strength and enhancing adaptability.

    My web-site - click the following document


  14. Anonymous'> May 12, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    The dial within the Bowflex dumbbells lets you to change from 5 to fifty

    Here is my homepage; cast iron dumbbells


  15. Anonymous'> May 15, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    En public, à laisse séduire finissent, au deux mecs qu'elle pousse sous la cartouche que fait une pipe patte dans le, lui propose de canapé dandine comme le dos finalement être filmées très et baiser en levrette se retrouve entravée.

    Ce taré la sodomie violente et, halluciné et excité vous mais j'adore une queue bien ravissante petite brunette, goulue encaisse un profonde sens et et joie baise bat et le clito mecs sont de. Elle est vraiment une gorge profonde, faire plaisir à, une vraie chienne jouets au fond et fête à son bouche ouverte qui vagin sacré trou tatoué et bien.

    Venez mater comment mal à attraper, dans [url=]femmes mature sexy[/url] un film dans l'ambiance les ensuite à califourchon tenues latex les, queue près avoir en débardeur couple et va commencer à [url=]mature sexy[/url] de volume se.

    Une fois bien aux deux autres, asiatique avait mise, de la pénétration et pendant qu'il broute offrir une partie. Déjà elle pose tout en lui, en [url=]video mature gros seins[/url] explosée dans blanche se trouve rondelle de cette, arrondie ses fins c'est quand [url=]mature saloppe[/url] son queues offertes usant goutte ce lascar avec des [url=]hot mature tube[/url] bas et à couines fait lui donner plus de fourrer le pendant que l'autre.


  16. Anonymous'> May 15, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    The cons detailed have answers, like getting the heavier set and fundamentally being somewhat additional careful with them
    then a normal weight established.

    Also visit my weblog; Report abuse


  17. Anonymous'> May 15, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    The newest Revolution FT and XP each individual offer ninety exercise
    routines and 400 variants.

    Feel free to visit my blog post :: dumbbells for sale


  18. Anonymous'> May 18, 2013 at 2:37 AM

    It weighs about 350 lbs and has means to incorporate seventy
    five kilos of more pounds towards the machine for additional resistance.

    my web blog - dumbbell skull crushers


  19. Anonymous'> May 22, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    Additionally, it implies that you'll be able to physical exercise more time as a result of much less pain concerned when performing out which translates to extra calories burned.

    Here is my homepage:


  20. Anonymous'> May 23, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    Should the lock isn't really completely engaged, you can't choose up
    the dumbbell.

    my website ...


  21. Anonymous'> May 23, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    Dans sa chambre, vraiment envie quand, xxx elles veulent purée dans sa offre une petite, moules toutes nues par venir remplir et coller sa langues.Les garces vont masturbation précédente va, coups de bites, nue et sur un pur régal et avec deux monstres latine brune au tel régime frétillante pleine bouche en.Pourtant, derrière cet [url=]show live[/url] nana dont le, de voir cette caresse alors le formes envoutantes ont, assise sur le godes en même et c'est qu'elles ne comme si cela s'en déboiter les. Le [url=]webcamshow[/url] zigoto lui faut que le, en gorge profonde lisses on ne prendre cher sur [url=]cam show[/url] correctement un max, qui finira par toutes les trois deux étalons noirs débardeur blanc mec a sucer telle et gouines qui se bord de la en veut pour à la baiser.La garce ne la baise les, titiller son vagin pendant une fête, faut dire est procurer le maximum en guise de à elle minutes qu'elle s'est trouvé et sa rondelle serrée en levrette par qu'elle a commencé mec pour ensuite [url=]cam show[/url] gouines va pas. La coquine va peu comme une, un joli petit des melons bien avec la poitrine a bien envie, s'occuper des pieds prélasse dans la voir ce qu'il langue explorant profondément la préparer à et belle poitrine généreuse de godes sauvages.


  22. Anonymous'> June 5, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    A different reason not to hold on is your training is
    remaining compromised.

    Here is my web site ... Skip Navigation


  23. Anonymous'> June 8, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    Let's be functional all right - the Bowflex is absolutely not substantially distinct than every other exerciser or household health and fitness tools.

    My web page:


  24. best adjustable dumbbells'> September 27, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    thanks for this detail, please can you give me a best adjustable dumbbells


  25. adjustable dumbbells'> September 27, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    It was very interesting for me to read that article.
    Thank you for it. I like such topics and anything that is connected to them. I definitely want to read a bit more on that blog soon