You are looking at the carcass of a dead humpback whale. I spent quite a bit of time swimming around its frozen body trying to understand why it died. There was a large laceration on its back, which leads me to believe it was struck by a ship. Humpback whales have made an almost miraculous recovery after we almost hunted them to extinction and today they return in very large numbers to places like the Antarctic peninsula, where they feed on the rich krill stocks. During this past @SeaLegacy and @NatGeo expedition we saw hundreds of feeding, sleeping, playing humpbacks. We also saw cruise ships that - probably in an attempt to keep strict schedules- were cruising at high speed in areas where whales were present. IAATO (iaato_org) is the international body in charge of regulating this type of activity in Antarctica, and as tourism becomes more available and popular, they have their job cut out for them to ensure the safety of the wildlife that calls this remote place home.Download image
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But it sad that it died because of human deadlines...
Fabulous photo of a sad event.
Poor old soul.....CLEAR THE SEA DURING FEEDING SEASON at the very least
💔💔💔 this picture is amazing and sad at the time
Thank you for raising awareness about this problem and the changes that are needed. ❤️
Qué triste ver a ser tan espectacular y digno muerto por una hélice que pasó por ahí apresurada (esa una hipótesis pero igual... es lo más probable). Ojalá se logre mantener un control de los barcos que pasan en territorio de ballenas...
😍😍Magnificent pictures ❤️❤️❤️
ironic that the cruise ships take out the very beauty they travel to see
Nice shot of the Wilson's storm petrel. Those little guys get around👍😋