September 25th, 2012

sperm whales #5

Sperm whale hanging vertically in the water column, Ogasawara Islands, Japan

Nikon D300 + Nikkor 10.5mm, Pro One Dome port, natural light

photo taken under permit

Location on Google Maps

Despite being part of what is called "charismatic mega-fauna" sperm whales are hardly photogenic. They appear like some sort of rocks or even asteroids ridden with "craters" - scars from giant squid tentacles acquired during violent battles at the extreme depths of the ocean.

In this photo whale is hanging vertically in the water, and I'm positioned above him. For someone not familiar with the subject it might not be easy to figure out that they are looking at !

It is quite challenging to make good pictures of sperm whales which will have broad audience appeal.