Eye-To- Eye With A Whale: How It Feels To Swim With Humpbacks
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Followed by utter peace as I leapt into the blue. As soon as my head submerged it was silent. Floating on the surface, head underwater, staring into the deep, deep blue. Suddenly, larger than I could have imagined, a dark shape came closer. Nothing could have prepared me for this, my first humpback whale, quickly followed by about seven others, soaring past. For a moment I was suspended in my own galaxy, feeling like I was floating amidst several grey and black planets. It was terrifying for a moment, that feeling of insignificance and fragility.
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My curiosity, intrigue and wonder was reflected in that huge & intelligent eye.
A creature so different, and yet so familiar. Eventually, he dipped back to the depths to rest with his mum, sheltered under her chin, peeking up at me from the blue.
Images by Scott Portelli
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