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  • Humpback Whale Encounters | Vava'u, Tonga 2013
    long lasting friendships as well founded on the shared experience of meeting a friendly whale or two or three or even more Experience Level These trips are suitable for people who are physically fit i e reasonably able to get in and out of the water from a boat comfortable being in open water whether floating or swimming and OK with spending extended time at sea six to eight hours a day before returning to land You will get the most out of my trips if you are a good swimmer and can swim at the surface using mask snorkel fins for extended periods when necessary Please note that swimming and diving are entirely different Being a scuba diver does not necessarily translate into being a good swimmer Reference Links for Background Reading I ve highlighted a few posts from the 2012 season below but in addition to these if you look back in my blog post archives for the August to October period each year you ll find a lot more verbiage some of it perhaps useful some of it Humpback Whale Calf Count 2012 Identifying a Humpback Whale Calf on TV Summary Blog Post from Tonga 2012 Trip Dates I have five itineraries planned for this season beginning with a stay at Mounu Island Resort just us no one else After that I have two private bookings followed by a stay at the Reef Resort once again just us no one else I m planning to wrap up the season with a special trip for just four people Local regulations permit four people in the water at any given time so this trip is for people who want to get into the water every opportunity we have I did the same thing in 2012 and we had an awesome time Trip Dates Availability Trip 1 Mounu Island Aug 20 Aug 27 Trip Full Trip 2 Private Booking Aug 29 Sep 11 Trip Full Trip 3 Private Booking Sep 13 Sep 20 Trip Full Trip 4 Reef Resort Sep 24 Oct 1 Trip Full Trip 5 Paradise Hotel Oct 3 Oct 10 Trip Full Post Trip Thoughts I ve devoted so much time to photographing and studying the humpback whales that visit Tonga each year that it d be easy to think I d be bored by now Far from it Each season is unique and filled with unexpected twists and turns For example the 2013 humpback whale breeding season in the waters around Vava u was characterised by a relatively low total number of visiting whales but a high density of humpback whale mother calf pairs That s unusual because for at least as far as I can recall the number of whales and the density of mother calf pairs usually move in tandem not in opposite directions I m not sure what if any signficance there is to the inverse relationship this year but it s something that has me scratching my head again It s got

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  • Photograph Beluga Whales in the Canadian Arctic
    this is the location where the outstanding beluga sequences were filmed There is a river that runs into the sea and thousands of belugas gather here for a short period each summer Even though we won t be getting into the water we will of course be attempting to get underwater photos and video with various contraptions we re cooking up We will have access to kayaks as well I hear that the belugas will often come right up to kayaks Plus with the near perpetual golden hour light there will be ample opportunity to take photos of topside wildlife and gorgeous landscapes Experience Level There is no diving involved with this trip Trip Dates The dates are 26 July to 02 August 2013 and the point of departure is Yellowknife Canada We will be taking a charter flight from there to the lodge where we will be staying Jon is coordinating this outing so please feel free to contact either one of us for more information Trip Dates Availability Beluga Whales Jul 26 Aug 2 Trip Full Post Trip Thoughts The Arctic is beautiful We had a terrific time though we ended up not seeing many beluga whales Normally the pack ice in the Northwest Passage which is the body of water that the Cunningham Inlet on Somerset Island opens to melts during June or early July at the latest This year for whatever reason ambient temperatures were significantly colder than normal like we re talking 5 10 C less than usual and the ice never really melted So although we saw a few belugas peeking into the inlet a few times we were up at 02 30 or so the day the first belugas arrived and we watched them make their appearance oh so cool in the Arctic

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  • Injured Humpback Whale Calf Blowing Bubbles | Limited Edition Print
    ars gratia scientiae Bubble Baby Humpback Whales Megaptera novaeangliae Vava u Kingdom of Tonga Print Run 50 Blowing bubbles while riding on top of his mother this male humpback whale sustained significant injuries to his entire body when he was very small quite likely as a result of a coordinated attack by pack hunters such as false killer whales Fortunately he survived and grew up to be a healthy happy

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  • Humpback Whale Courtship Activity | Limited Edition Print
    Sale Photos for Free Integrity Policy Contact Me Tony Wu Photo Naturalist ars gratia scientiae Courtship Greeting Humpback Whales Megaptera novaeangliae Vava u Kingdom of Tonga Print Run 50 This is a female humpback whale approaching with the darker male below These two whales have paired off and are engaged in courtship During this process humpback whales often become inquisitive seeking out encounters with boats and people Contact Me for

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  • Graceful Female Humpback Whale Courtship | Limited Edition Print
    Free Integrity Policy Contact Me Tony Wu Photo Naturalist ars gratia scientiae Care to Dance Humpback Whales Megaptera novaeangliae Vava u Kingdom of Tonga Print Run 50 Humpback whale courtship can span many days with the whales engaging in elegant graceful maneuvers reminiscent of ballet Female humpbacks in particular seem to revel in performing sinuous sensual movements in this case almost as if extending an inter species invitation to dance

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  • Humpback Whale Calf with Many Remoras | Limited Edition Print
    Integrity Policy Contact Me Tony Wu Photo Naturalist ars gratia scientiae Piscine Passengers Humpback Whales Megaptera novaeangliae Vava u Kingdom of Tonga Print Run 50 Sometimes humpback whales have a substantial community of remoras traveling with them even when the whales are calves This playful male had over a dozen sucker fish attached to him though his piscine passengers didn t seem to hinder the little humpback in any way

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  • Energetic Humpback Whale Calf with Sleeping Mother | Limited Edition Print
    Sale Photos for Free Integrity Policy Contact Me Tony Wu Photo Naturalist ars gratia scientiae Excess of Energy Humpback Whales Megaptera novaeangliae Vava u Kingdom of Tonga Print Run 50 Humpback whale females with calves often rest in relatively shallow water As shown here young whales frequently suffer from an excess of energy literally swimming in circles as their weary mothers endeavor to take an afternoon nap Contact Me for

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  • Humpback Whale Calf with Belly Up | Limited Edition Print
    for Sale Photos for Free Integrity Policy Contact Me Tony Wu Photo Naturalist ars gratia scientiae Belly Up Humpback Whales Megaptera novaeangliae Vava u Kingdom of Tonga Print Run 50 For a humpback whale calf to show his soft vulnerable belly like this means that he s confident and comfortable Note that he s still keeping an eye on me though just to be prudent Contact Me for Pricing Name

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