Like a Lilliputian

Me with WhaleHere's a photo juxtaposing me at 20 metres depth with a male humpback whale on his way up for a breath of air. Talk about feeling small! Even though I spend a lot of time in the water, I don't have many photos of myself, since I'm usually behind the lens, not in front.

Allowing for the fact that I'm closer to the person who took this photo than the whale is, and also that there's some foreshortening of the whale since it's facing away from the photographer, this photo should provide a sense of scale..the bull whale is probably about six times my body size. This was one of three very relaxed whales that we "hung out" with one afternoon. The two males came up right next to us from time-to-time to breathe, while the female spent relatively more time at depth, just chilling out and relishing the attention of the other two whales.

[tags]Humpback Whale, Tonga, Underwater Photography[/tags]