Pic o’ the week – a whale watches

A humpback whale eyes photographer Rodger Klein in the South Pacific waters off Tonga.

© Rodger Klein

Where great whales come sailing by,
Sail and sail, with unshut eye,
Round the world for ever and aye?
–Matthew Arnold

The southern hemisphere’s humpback whale population is slowly rebounding after being nearly wiped out by 20th century commercial whaling. The good news? The just-announced Camden Sound Marine Park in Western Australia should help safeguard nearly 3,000 square miles of ocean that includes the largest humpback whale calving grounds in that half of the globe. While there’s been a bit of controversy, the park seems a step in the right direction …

Mahalo to Rodger Klein for granting us use of this remarkable photo.
Check out his stuff here: RHK/UW Productions & Design.

Pic ‘o the week – whale’s eye

The Whales
Whales have a fun life
Whales are wonderful mammals
Whales are very nice
–by Nathaniel

A Pacific gray whale, surfacing in the waters off Guerrero Negro, Baja. Dr. Nigella Hillgarth, executive director of Birch Aquarium at Scripps, snapped this very cool pic of the behemoth eyeing her one fine recent day on Baja’s waters.