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Nature Photography Challenge (wild creatures, plants and places only)

A regular photography contest for Nature lovers who love to learn and teach.

ENDANGERED SPECIES - Whales

This challenge closed about 6 years ago.

The Challenge

We’ve covered our largest land mammal in the endangered series, its unfortunate that the largest sea mammal is also on the list too. The Whale or to be more specific, the Blue Whale is the largest mammal known to have ever existed at around 35m or 115ft in length which if standing tall would be the height of, say, a fully grown Horse Chestnut tree or a Red Oak or even the height of the Taj Mahal’s central dome (pretty big hey) and weighing in at 150 tonnes which is equal to approximately 50 Range Rovers (pretty heavy hey).

  • * Blue Whales are the loudest animals on earth.
  • * Gestation is 12 mths.
  • * The female gives birth usually every 2-3 years to a 3 ton calf.
  • * The arteries in a Blue Whale are as large drain pipes.
  • * A Blue Whales heart is as large as a small car.
  • * There are around 10,000 individuals worldwide.*

These Whales are also on the endangered list, this is due to over hunting, possible connections to humans use of sonar in our oceans, collisions with ships, bycatching (caught by mistake).

Bowhead Whale
Finback Whale
Gray Whale
Humpback Whale
Sperm Whale

I have had a wonderful conversation with a new member of our group Gina Ruttle who knows a thing or two about Whales. Take the time to have a look at some of the articles she has wrote on RB Racing Blue Whales and Cooperative Bubblenetting definitely worth a read.

For more information on how you can help please click on Alaskan Research Foundation, Alaska Humpbacks and the Alaska Whale Foundation

You can add images of any Whale you like, but please ensure it is a Whale and comes under the order – Cetacea.

Judging / Voting Criteria

Vote for your favourite.

Rewards & Prizes

1st place winners will have their photo used as the group Avatar for a period of time.

Then 1st, 2nd and 3rd will have their photo’s permanently posted on the groups Feature Board, but I will also pick another 9 entries of personal choice to be featured to cover our feature board. (Subject to the number of entries).

1st place member will be become a featured member.

Additional Information

ENTRIES MUST BE ADDED TO THE GROUP FIRST OR BE DELETED FROM THE CHALLENGE

Cover Image: Dancing With The Waves by Gina Ruttle (...

Completed

The Top Ten

Dancing With The Waves by Gina Ruttle  (Whalegeek)

Dancing With The Waves by Gina Ruttle (... was voted the most popular entry in this challenge with 10 votes.

  • New to the world. by Wilparina
  • Whale Tail by Trevor Murphy
  • Whale's Tail - Cape Cod by Nina Brandin
  • Humpback Whales Breaching by Sheri L Gladish

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