This is a Bryde's whale. In WS you can see the full size of this kind of whale.
Bryde’s Whales are the least-known and in many ways the most unusual of the rorquals. They are small by rorqual standards— no more than about 25 tonnes— prefer tropical and temperate waters to the polar seas that other whales in their family frequent; are largely coastal rather than pelagic, and although they retain the characteristic plates of whalebone that the baleen whales use to sieve small creatures from the waters with, their diet is composed almost entirely of fish.
"Bryde's" is pronounced "broo-dess", and the name is sometimes mistaken as "brutus whale". The Bryde’s whale got its name from Norwegian consul to South Africa, Johan Bryde, who helped set up the first whaling station in Durban, South Africa in 1908.
The whale is also called "Luulumbo" by the Kadazans in Sabah, Malaysia.
Bryde’s whales feed on pelagic schooling fish, such as anchovy and herring.
They are distributed widely throughout tropical and subtropical waters, with a separate, smaller, pygmy species found in tropical Western Pacific and South-East Asia.
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Apurba20 (984) 2014-02-19 23:40
Interesting photograph. In fact, I was expecting a bit more dramatics from the people in the boat.
But the whale is huge.
Excellent capture of the color of the sea.
berek (50506) 2014-02-20 1:40
very interesting. I'd like to do by. a beautiful photograph taken in difficult conditions. .
snunney (103197) 2014-02-20 2:26
A well captured image that gives us an idea of the scale of this massive creature. The range of diverse silhouettes creates many items of interest in addition to the whale. I also like the play of light across the foreground sea.
Sergiom (84337) 2014-02-20 5:11
Elle est belle cette baleine qui se pointe à l'heure pour son spectacle journalier. On voit qu'elle attire beaucoup d'amateurs de photographie. Le contre jour est du plus bel effet.
holmertz (56075) 2014-02-20 8:10
This is an exotic photo made graphically attractive by the silhouettes of the passengers and the structure of the boat. It must be a terrific experience to see a whale from such a short distance. I was a bit worried when I was going by boat among the Andaman Islands and a woman suddenly shouted "Look, dolphins". Everybody rushed to her side and I could feel the boat suddenly dip dangerously. Luckily they soon went back to their seats because there was nothing to be seen.
jcpix (13930) 2014-02-20 18:42
I'm really surprised there hasn't been an overflow of comments for this picture yet, and I'm not just trying to be overly nice...it really is a great shot! What I like the most it that you're showing the complete opposite viewpoint to this natural "event." I don't think I've ever seen a picture that shows both the whale and another boat with photographers doing exactly the same thing as yourself. :) There are plenty of photos featuring a whale by itself, but this perspective presents a whole new outlook, and is terrific for a sense of scale! Love the originality! Have a wonderful day ahead.
My friendliest wishes,
clic (17605) 2014-02-21 6:25
Many spectators gathered at starboard for an intense common aura with the playful mammal
performing on stage of this much-appealing "shadow-puppet" play!
eldancer1 (36343) 2014-02-21 10:17
Wow! I always to go whale watching off the California coast but I get seasick! Great capture especially with boat and people next to it. Good lighting and nice details. Well done, tfs.
emilbo (22616) 2014-02-22 6:44
Toujours intéressantes les excursions pour voir les baleines, Ici c'est très populaire surtout du côté nord du fleuve Saint-Laurent à Tadoussac. Un belle présentation même si le soleil était voilé.
J'écris ma critique en regardant les jeux olympiques. Dommage pour la Russie, pour le hockey masculin, j'aurais aimé voir Canada Russie en finale.
Toutes mes amitiés et bonne fin de semaine,
- Copyright: Serghei Pakhomoff (serp2000) (45020)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-01-06
- Categories: Nature, Transportation, Decisive Moment
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/1600 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2014-02-19 23:28