Roy Mangernes - Blue Whale heading north

Roy Mangernes - Blue Whale heading north

In the late 1800's the large whales dominated the Arctic oceans around Svalbard, with the Bowhead being the most common. After an intense hunt, mainly by Dutch whalers, they were more or less extinct in the early 1900's. Now, a hundred years later, the large whales are becoming more and more common in the Svalbard waters, and during the last few years Blue Whales have been seen regularly in certain places. Even the Bowhead have been observed, but just a couple of times. During my latest expedition I was lucky to photograph this Blue Whale from a small Zodiac dingy, within a few meters. It was one of the greatest wildlife encounters I have ever had.

Location: Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway

Posted on 17.08.2014
Photo info - 09.08.2014: NIKON D4, 116 mm, ISO 500, f 8, 1/1250 sec
Tags: Blue Whale Roy Mangersnes Svalbard wildlife photography
Roy Mangernes - Blue Whale heading north

Roy Mangernes - Blue Whale heading north

In the late 1800's the large whales dominated the Arctic oceans around Svalbard, with the Bowhead being the most common. After an intense hunt, mainly by Dutch whalers, they were more or less extinct in the early 1900's. Now, a hundred years later, the large whales are becoming more and more common in the Svalbard waters, and during the last few years Blue Whales have been seen regularly in certain places. Even the Bowhead have been observed, but just a couple of times. During my latest expedition I was lucky to photograph this Blue Whale from a small Zodiac dingy, within a few meters. It was one of the greatest wildlife encounters I have ever had.

Location: Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway

Posted on 17.08.2014
Photo info - 09.08.2014: NIKON D4, 116 mm, ISO 500, f 8, 1/1250 sec
Tags: Blue Whale Roy Mangersnes Svalbard wildlife photography