Gray whale mother taking her calf on its first journey up to the feeding grounds above Alaska and Russia in the Bering and Chukchi Sea. Along their journey, they will face the threat of orcas which love the taste of gray whale calves. This mother loses about 1/3 of her body weight just migrating and nursing her calf since their only food source is 6,000 miles away, she has not eaten since around October when she began the longest migration of any mammal (talk about dedication), because of this arduous migration, she will have to wait 2 years before giving birth again in order to recover. In this calf’s lifetime if it survives to adulthood, it will travel the equivalent of going to the moon and back with many extra miles on top of that.
Drones have completely changed the game with whale watching and are enabling us to document these majestic creatures by taking the camera up high and reducing the glare on the oceans surface similar to how fishermen use the towers on fishing boats to get up higher and look down through the water to check for fish under kelp patties, with that being said it also creates a whole new appreciation for the ocean and about protecting it. In this photo is a beautiful fin whale which I documented a few days ago aboard @newportwhales and you can see the off-white coloration on its lower right side of the jaw which is asymmetrical as its left side is dark gray. These are the second largest animals on the planet maxing out around 85 feet and are also one of the fastest which is why they hold the title of the greyhounds of the sea. They are currently listed as an endangered species