Humpback whales breaching the water and feeding on salmon…a process called Lunge Feeding. Can you find the whale’s eye and the salmon jumping out of the water?

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Location: Near Juneau, Alaska, USA
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I started out as an artist, became a pilot, and ended up where I am now: nature photographer and educator. Being a pilot allowed me to observe the Earth and humanity’s impact on it from 30,000 feet for many years. It allowed me to experience different cultures and to see the world through many lenses.

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  • Barbara Burkhardt
    Barbara Burkhardtabout 5 years ago

    I can see the ones that got away – WHAT A MOMENT- frozen in one click of the shutter. Good on you!

  • Hello Barbara,
    Thank you for the kind words :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • Sandy Stewart
    Sandy Stewartabout 5 years ago

    Wow,……perfect timing,,,…….lovely! : )

  • Thank you Sandy :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonabout 5 years ago


  • Thank you Joy :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • (Tallow) Dave  Van de Laar
    (Tallow) Dave ...about 5 years ago

    amazing photo William. you got my vote

  • Thank you Tallow :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • Lolabud
    Lolabudabout 5 years ago

    It took me a minute to see the salmon……It gives a real perspective on the enormity of the whales. They look like little minnows trying to get away. Fabulous image William.

  • Hello Pam,
    Thank you for the kind words :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • LeviMoore
    LeviMooreabout 5 years ago

  • Thank you Levi and thanks to the group :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • Friederike Alexander
    Friederike Ale...about 5 years ago

    Awesome work!!! Congratulations on the Challenge Win!!! :-)) xox

  • Hello Friederike,
    Thank you and thanks for adding me to your watchlist :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • William C. Gladish
    William C. Gla...about 5 years ago

    Thank you Melanie for adding this image to your favorites :-)

  • Gina Ruttle  (Whalegeek)
    Gina Ruttle (...about 5 years ago

    Cooperative bubble net feeding…what a terrific capture of whale predation. Great work!

  • Thank you Whalegeek :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • …and thanks for adding this image to your favorites :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • ourjrny
    ourjrnyabout 5 years ago

    Gina’s comment is so wonderful! Cooperative bubble net feeding, ’ae! It is a fantastic photo William! Beautiful work, it must have so sensational to see the magnificent Humpback Whales so closely!!!!

  • Thank you Sharon…it was one of the top ten events of my life :-)

    – William C. Gladish

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