Migaloo the Magnificent
'There can't be many more exhilarating wildlife experiences,' says, Marc, 'than to hang in the air looking down on the emergence and submergence of such a magnificent animal.' Marc got his shot over the Great Barrier Reef, off Queensland, hanging by a harness from the open door of a helicopter. As the all-white Migaloo - the only known albino humpback - took deep breaths at the surface, he glowed like an iceberg. But as he dived, he turned aquamarine, leaving in his wake a 'footprint' - a smooth patch of water caused by the upward thrust of his tail flukes. Migaloo visits Australia annually, and seeing him is a whale-watching highlight. He is part of a humpback population that in winter migrates from feeding grounds in Antarctica to the subtropical waters off Australia to breed.
Canon EOS-1D Mark III + 600mm f4 lens; 1/1600 sec at f13; ISO 250.
Coral Sea off Green Island, Australia