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Family Vacation
Photograph by David Doubilet

A southern right whale mother and her white calf move through South Africa’s east coast waters. Largely winter visitors to this area, migrating up from Antarctic feeding grounds, these plankton-eaters are increasing in numbers, though populations are just 20 percent of what they were 30 years ago. Legal protection has helped, and the decline of some other baleen whales—their immediate competitors—may also play a role in the right whales’ progress.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F5
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia
Lens: 80-200mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/500 @ f/4
Weather Conditions: Bright and sunny
Time of Day: 2 p.m.
Lighting Techniques: Natural sun
Special Equipment: Polarizing filter

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