There’s something magical about soaring out of the usual into the unexpected.
That’s an 8 ton killer whale leaping entirely out, way the hell out in fact, of the water in the frenzy of hunting the dolphin which is in the spray to the right in the image. Credit ocean photographer Christopher Swann; not “photoshopped”.
This next one is a mere 2-3 ton humpback whale calf leaping free just for the durn fun of it,
Credit Matthew Thornton, that image was a 2012 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest entry. It was taken off the coast of Tofino, British Columbia.
And the whales are freedom loving surfer dudes and chicks too,
That’s an orca calf hanging two fins at Sandy Bay, New Zealand.
Next, some whales schooling the humans on how its done at the famed Banzai Pipeline, North Shore Oahu,
Credit photog J.T. Gray, who reported that the humpback whales appeared to be a mother and calf.
Dolphins too are occasionally known to surf, and crowd surf,
and then there’s my collection of rays flying and gliding,
Closing with two of my favorites because they each show a pair, a couple, of rays and dolphins jumping together for the feeling of freedom,
- Iceland: Whales (fernephotography.wordpress.com)
- Hidden in Paradise: Fascinating, Rare Dolphins and Whales You’ve Never Seen Before (wired.com)
- Male Humpback Whales Attract Mates by Singing in Chorus (feeds.wired.com)