Fast and Furious BW02
More than 20m (66ft) below the surface, this battle-scarred humpback whale bull (Megaptera novaeangliae) exhaled enormous volumes of air to communicate dominance in a competitive group heat run, i.e., lots of testosterone-laden boys and one female.
This magnificent display was truly a sight to behold. It was also an overwhelming auditory and tactile experience. The whale’s approach was heralded by low-frequency rumbling, like waves of thunder rolling through the ocean. At proximity, the roar of the massive bubble discharge resonated through my body, fading as the whale sped past.
I struggled for years to capture this moment, as the behaviour happens only in heat runs, usually at depth, and almost always at great speed. It is the definitive dominance behaviour.
Being at that place, at that time, with that whale plowing past, was truly a once-in-a-lifetime, unforgettable experience. I hope that this image lives up to the words of Henri Cartier-Bresson:
See Dominance Display BW11 for another example of bubble blowing.
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