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Hunting the Minke



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Photograph by Flip Nicklin

A large white patch on the flipper and shoulder identify this Australian whale as a dwarf minke, a smaller form found only in the Southern Hemisphere. Although still officially considered one species, genetic evidence suggests that northern minke whales and southern minke whales are genetically isolated enough to deserve separate species status. Inexplicably, the dwarf race of the southern oceans appears to be more closely related to northern minkes.



Camera: Nikon F4
Film Type: Fujichrome Provia 100
Lens: 22mm f/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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