Camden Sound whales

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A female humpback whale breaches at Lulim Island, Camden Sound on the Kimberley coast. (Annabelle Sandes/© Annabelle Sandes | Kimberley Media 2010)

It’s great to go back through the archive.

In 2007 I photographed a series of images of a female Humback whale breaching against the cliffs of Wilson Point.  The cow was accompanied by a calf, and I’d forgotten that somewhere in all of those images I’d managed to capture the young calf spyhopping next to its mother.

What first alerted us to the action was a sound not unlike cannonshot – the female tailslapping and then breaching.  Forty tonnes of whale displaces quite a bit of water!

The mother put on quite a display, breaching for several minutes in front of the distinctive Kimberley tideline, and for most of the time the calf was underwater and out of the frame.  It popped up just in time for this shot, and shortly afterwards they took off down the channel and out into more open water.

A humpback whale cow and calf breach at Wislon Point in Camden Sound on the Kimberley coast. (Annabelle Sandes/© Annabelle Sandes | Kimberley Media 2011)

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