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Camera: Nikon D5000
A magnificent humpback whale entertaining tourists on a whale watching tour off Hervey Bay, QLD, Australia.
Humpback Whales belong to the group of whales known as rorquals, a group that includes the Blue Whale, Fin Whale, Bryde’s Whale, Sei Whale, and Minke Whale. Rorquals have two characteristics in common: dorsal fins on their backs, and ventral pleats running for the tip of the lower jaw to the navel area. They are characterized by the possession of baleen plates for sieving the krill upon which they feed. Humpback Whales are regular visitors to the coastal waters off southern Queensland. Each year, during winter, humpback whales migrate from Antarctic waters, pass through South Island New Zealand , to the warm waters of the tropics for calving.
Many humpback whales arrive in Hervey Bay from late July and remain until November when they begin their return to the southern ocean. Whale watching in Hervey Bay has become an important attraction for tourists and naturalists. In recent years visitors to Hervey Bay, from mid-July to early November, have discovered the awe inspiring experience of watching the majestic humpback whale, and their encounters with the whales on the waters of Hervey Bay have been unforgettable. These majestic creatures have made Hervey Bay a regular stop on their annual migration to Antarctica after giving others and calves are now relaxed and at home with the whale watching boats which carefully approach their playground.

Retired many years from nursing. I live in beautiful Buderim, Queensland.
I use a Nikon D5000.
I like to capture natural settings, anything else that catches my attention.
I also delve into digital art and mixed media – all self taught.

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Comments

  • Tracie Louise
    Tracie Louiseover 2 years ago

    Excellent shot.

  • Thank you tracielouise! We were lucky to get so close.

    – Margaret Stevens

  • jodi payne
    jodi payneover 2 years ago

    Wonderful shot!!! They are amazing to see so close!!

  • Thanks a lot jodi! It was quite a sight.

    – Margaret Stevens

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 2 years ago

  • You are welcome Ray!

    – Margaret Stevens

  • Cynthia Broomfield
    Cynthia Broomf...over 2 years ago

  • You are welcome Cynthia!

    – Margaret Stevens

  • Alison Pearce
    Alison Pearceover 2 years ago

    Such a wonderful capture!!!

  • Thanks a lot Alison!

    – Margaret Stevens

  • Corri Gryting Gutzman
  • Thank you very much for the honour! I really appreciate it Corrie.

    – Margaret Stevens

  • Sharon Kavanagh
    Sharon Kavanaghabout 2 years ago

  • Thank you, thank you! I really appreciate the feature.

    – Margaret Stevens

  • Melissa Dickson
    Melissa Dicksonabout 2 years ago

    Congratulations! this powerful image has been

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    06/10/12

  • Thanks so much for the feature! The magnificent whales were very impressive.

    – Margaret Stevens

  • Kornrawiee
    Kornrawieeabout 2 years ago

    Impressive creation:) I love it…
    Regards,
    Sunny

  • Thank you very much Sunny!

    – Margaret Stevens

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciabout 2 years ago


    October 13th, 2012
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    Mary

  • Than you very much Mary!

    – Margaret Stevens

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