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Humpback whale, Kingdom of Tonga, South Pacific Ocean

The Kingdom of Tonga is an archipelago of 176 islands in the Pacific Ocean and every year they are visited by some of the most incredible creatures in the sea – humpback whales. These southern humpbacks migrate from their summer feeding grounds in icy Antarctica to the warm tropical waters of Tonga, where they come in the winter to breed and give birth to their young. This gentle giant approached to have a good look at me – and I had a good look back!

Photo courtesy of Daniel Botelho