BioGraphic Humpback Whale Article

I am just back from months out in the field, trying (in vain) to catch up with everything before I head out again. While I was away, BioGraphic featured this photo of a young humpback whale that I took in 2014:

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Playful young male humpback whale in Sri Lanka (License image)

This was, to the best of knowledge, the first verified sighting of a humpback whale in the waters just south of Sri Lanka.

It was a young male, alone, and inquisitive enough to approach and play for an extended period. Quite the special encounter.

Click over to the BioGraphic article to read more about what this experience might mean. (Incidentally, this photo was also featured in an article about whales in the New York Times in January.)