The expression in the title comes from the shrill announcement that a whale watcher bellows when he spots a whale. It was made famous in Herman Melville's 1851 classic, "Moby Dick."
While on a Vancouver to Alaska cruise between July 27 and August 4, I participated in a whale-watching excursion. Although in photographs we see these creatures slapping the water as they begin a deep dive, the photo I am submitting represents a fleeting moment, singled out from at least 30-40 photos, of a humpback whale frolicking in the waters of Alaska. Recently, a good friend in Hawaii shared a video of a humpback whale that was rescued after being entangled in a plastic net . The joy and gratitude the animal showed its rescuers is genuinely heart warming.
The literature reports that adults vary in length between 12–16 metres (39–52 ft) and weigh approximately 36,000 kilograms (79,000 lb) and that they are acrobatic animals that frequently spring out of the water, and crash back down. According to Wikepedia, “Males produce a complex song that lasts for 10 to 20 minutes and is repeated for hours at a time. The purpose of the song is not yet clear, although it appears to have a role in mating.” Their low frequency sounds can be detected hundreds of miles away, and in the days before large ships populated the oceans, the sounds of whales could travel around the globe.
Found in oceans around the world, humpback whales typically migrate as much as 25,000 kilometers (16,000 mi) each year. Humpbacks feed only in summer, in polar waters, and migrate to tropical and subtropical waters to breed and give birth in the winter. Just last January I was on a cruise from Los Angeles to the French Polynesian Islands, and sailed through the spawning grounds of these magnificent denizens of the deep. During the winter, humpbacks fast and live off their fat reserves.
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Royaldevon (30267) 2012-08-04 23:31
Good Morning Bulent,
I can only imagine the immense wonder you must have felt as this huge animal emerged and submerged before your eyes. It is something that still makes my heart skip a beat as I watch on film!
A perfectly composed photograph with excellent details of the whales skin surface, the disturbed water and the riverlets of water running off its tail fin.
Have a lovely Sunday,
serp2000 (40394) 2012-08-05 0:18
Hello, dear Bulent,
I saw "Thar she blows" video. An interesting and informative note. I like this photo, we know this is not perfect quality, but we can see the whales not every day. I have never seen Moby Dick movie, unfortunatelly, but I like the instrumental composition of Led Zeppelin.
I am full of emotions after my latest trip to Poland.
Best wishes from Russia,
snunney (84971) 2012-08-05 4:58
A splendid capture of this majestic animal. Shot at just the right moment and with excellent detail.
Didi (57256) 2012-08-05 10:10
Hi dear Friend
Very good catch; very interesting adventure.
I allowed myself for making a simple WS
mesutilgim (85478) 2012-08-05 13:00
Selam dedar Bulent,
I know it allready from FB ! Great moment you've captured ! Perfect timing and allways -as usual in your case- a perfect TE entry with many interesting and educative notes.
We had a similar chance during our this years blue voyage 3 weeks ago, but with dolphins !
TFS and best regards from Şile.
bukitgolfb301 (36228) 2012-08-06 16:23
Hi dear Bulent, how are you?
Sorry for my late reply, as I have just backed from 5 days trip.
Yes another great nature shot has come!
Perfect moment you catch indeed. I like this one, compared with WS. I can perceive the dynamism and movement very much. Thanks for your sharing and have a nice start of a new week!
Takero in Tokyo
jhm (140090) 2012-08-07 2:55
Thank you very much for the link, what a wonderful movie, also the rescue of the nets around the whale.
Also your picture is very nice taken on a very good moment.
Lovely waterdrops between the caudal fin and the sea.
Nice and pleasant image. TFS.
marcan44 (6259) 2012-08-07 9:43
solo la coda, la balena è già immersa, ma si capisce che grosso pesce....
Grande cattura, grazie della condivisione.
Nicou (123314) 2012-08-08 5:45
Grandisoe compo e tiamge fantastique vue quel queu de balaine sueprbe cette courbe avec ce rendu noir sur ce fond vert-bleu de l'eau une emrvielle msueprbe.
Bravo et amitié
MLINES (12516) 2012-08-09 17:19
Hi Bulent, You have been to some great places recently. This sharp and good coloured photo is a classic. The deep green water looks similar to the Sydney harbour on a grey day. Did you read about the ferry running into a whale and its calf this week? Lets hope this one kept well away from props and nets. TFS Murray
ourania (32169) 2012-08-10 4:24
I love this photo for the power, dynamism and elegance it conveys. You have captured this impressive tail a moment before it disappears into the ocean. The lighting and natural colours are wonderful and together with the great sharpness enhance the suggestion of the scene. The vibrant sense of movement entices us to imagine the awesome bulk and movement under the surface. A great image, congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely weekend,
eldancer1 (28529) 2012-08-10 9:21
Wow! I always wanted to take pictures of those whales. Awesome capture and good timing. Good lighting in spite of what looks like a cloudy day. Great dof with sharp details. Very well done, tfs.
P.S. I normally use 300mm to photograph airplanes.
photoray (12519) 2012-08-11 20:01
I recognized this Humpback from the sunset view in Kona, Hawaii last March. You have a better photo than my long distant shot from my condo lanai.
Creating a closeup like yours is more difficult than many imagine.
Perhaps I will see the same guy next winter in Hawaii?
Congratulations on a sharp and up close personal view of these magnificent creatures.
danyy (0) 2012-08-12 23:05
photo cocasse, prise au meilleur moment, on voit plus souvent la queue de la baleine, que la gueule.
Simpliste, naturellement minimaliste. Un hommage à ces mammifères qui ont tant souffert de l'homme.
agulberk (3794) 2012-08-16 20:48
Merhaba Bülent Hocam.
O kadar harika bir dünyada yaşıyoruz ki, her yerden hayat fışkırıyor, ineklerinden balinalarından tut binbir türlü böceklerine, kelebeklerine,elmasından, karpuzuna,üzümüne,hindistan cevizine, papatyasından tut güllerine,zambaklarına kadar herbiri ayrı bir sanat mucizelerinin sergilendiği rengarenk muhteşem bir bahçe, bir sofra , bir sanat galerisindeyiz. Ama kaç kişi bunun gerçek anlamda farkında acaba. Düşünenler için ibretlerle dolu bir dünyada kısa bir süre misafir olan bizler misafir olduğumuzun bile farkında olmadan yaşıyoruz galiba. Fotoğraflar bir film şeridi gibi gözümüz önünden geçip giden bu güzellikleri bir an olsun durduran ve farkına varmamızı sağlayan levhalar gibi hayat yolculuğumuzda sanki.
Selam ,sevgi ve saygılarımla
Sergiom (61210) 2012-08-17 5:41
C'est très satisfaisant de réussir cette photo. Il suffit d'une seconde et c'est raté. J'aime beaucoup l'eau qui s'écoule de la queue.
abmdsudi (43720) 2012-08-19 16:17
This whale image attracts viewers for its full of life, a strong image with sufficient brightness and a personal close up as she dips. The precious look is wonderful indeed so well exposed with a sharp focus but the strong contrast and outlining profile is most attractive element for me. Fabulous contrast, Great shot. Well done
berek (39607) 2012-08-24 7:09
Merhaba Bülent bey
biraz ara verdim ne güzel kareler gelmiş. bakalım ben ne zaman gideceğim buralara . ilk 5 yıllık kalkınma planımda var :-) . selamlar. güzel bir hafta sonu diliyorum.
emka (79992) 2012-08-26 14:25
it must be really thrilling to see suddenly the big animal. Superb composition, I like something like water curtain below the tail. Excellent details. Interesting colours. maybe I will also have opportunity to see whales in South Africa in October. I hope so.
jemaflor (85536) 2012-09-04 4:11
Always a great spectacle to see whales, taken at the good moment, nice effect with water, tfs.
zoomer (6) 2012-10-06 9:24
Greetings,you were so lucky to have captured this.When I was there I found that catching the right moment was not easy but a great experience nevertheless.All the best,Wolf.
Matthew-Watt (5956) 2012-10-09 18:33
A fine, well framed image of this gentle sea giant. I have encountered several whales off the Queensland coast, they are most curious and seem happy to take a peek at the occupants of boats. It is comforting to know that the humpbacks on our eastern coastline are increasing in numbers by about 11% a year. This growth rate will hopefully return the population to pre-whaling numbers (whaling was banned in the 1960's). The capture of this tail fluke is memorable and very symbolic of the whale as a whole. Lucky to see this!
- Copyright: Bulent Atalay (batalay) (35747)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-06-29
- Categories: Nature, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Nikon D200, 28-200mm F3.5-5.6 ED AF Zoom Nikkor, 62mm UV
- Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2012-08-04 19:34