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Tagalong
Photograph by Flip Nicklin

A recently weaned female minke calf surfaces near biologist S. Jonathan Stern’s vessel south of Lopez Island, Washington. The young whale investigated the boat, circled, then swam under it. “She was as playful as a puppy,” says Stern, who has monitored minke populations in the San Juan Islands since the 1980s. “We see the same individuals time and time again, year after year after year.”



Camera: F100 Nikon
Film Type: Fujichrome Provia 100
Lens: 80-200mm f/2.8
Speed and F-Stop: 1/1000 @ f/5.6
Weather Conditions: Calm and sunny
Time of Day: 3:02 p.m.
Lighting Techniques: Available light





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