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Hunting the Minke



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Who’s Watching Whom?
Photograph by Flip Nicklin

A dwarf minke glides past divers near Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, at the site of what may be the species’ only known breeding-season gathering. Instead of chasing whales with noisy boats, researchers and tourists drift silently. Inquisitive minkes soon approach, often in bunches. Scientists photograph and film each whale. They’ve cataloged more than 200 individuals, each recognized by distinctive asymmetrical color patterns.



Camera: Nikon F4
Film Type: Fujichrome Provia 100
Lens: 16mm f/2.8
Speed and F-Stop: 1/250 @ f/5.6
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Time of Day: Midday
Lighting Techniques: Available light

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