Scar, a ten-year-old sperm whale, loves playing with people as much as he does with the other sperm whales in his group. Injured as a calf off Dominica, where he was born, possibly by a pod of pilot whales, he has since bonded with people and invites contact. Scar came right up to Tony when he was snorkelling, resulting in an unusual perspective of the world's largest predator. His massive head is a third of his body length, and he may well grow to be up to 18 metres (59 feet) long. Says Tony, 'It's a bit unnerving when you're in the water and a nearly full-grown whale charges at you at high speed - and you're not 100 per cent sure it's Scar.'
Canon 5D Mark II + 17-40mm f4 lens; 1/200 sec at f7.1; ISO 200; Zillion housing; Pro One optical dome port.
Off the Dominica Coast, Caribbean Sea
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Tony Wu, United States of America
Since 1995, Tony has been combining his love of visual art with his interest in the marine world through underwater photography. He now focuses on photographing cetaceans and documenting spawning aggregations of fish. Tony uses his photographs and writing to encourage others to appreciate and protect the beauty of the oceans. He is also a frequent public speaker.