Humpback Whale close up with Barnacles

By MBK Wildlife Photography


A somewhat abstract photograph of the head of a Humpback Whale in close up.
Barnacles cling to the skin and the white scars are a result of previous Barnacles' catching a foothold.
The whale surfaced and the drag of the water has temporarily stretched the rubbery bodies of some of the Barnacles out, 3 of which are on display in this shot
This was taken in Hervey Bay in Queensland, Australia, off the coast of Kangaroo Island, where these magnificent sea Mammals meet to feed during their migration from the Antarctic to the tropics to calve. A truly wonderful experience to see these gentle giants up close

This is a close up of the Head of a Humpback Whale, just surfacing. The shells are Barnacles, clinging on and the force of the water when the Whale surfaced has pulled out the rubbery bodies from some, making a rather bizarre sight. see less

A somewhat abstract photograph of the head of a Humpback Whale in close up.
Barnacles cling to the skin and the white scars are a result of previous Barnacles' catching … see more

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