Amongst the winners of the National Geographic “best wild animal photos of 2008″ (link) is this incredible photograph of a diver and a southern right whale, taken in New Zealand. Like most whale populations, the souther right whale was extensively hunted from the mid 18th century up until the early 1970′s, severely depleting the southern Pacific populations around the New Zealand coastal waters . Since the ‘official’ worldwide ban on hunting right whales in 1937, southern right whales began to appear off the coast of New Zealand from the early 1960′s onwards. See the full set of photographs by Brian Skerry over at the National Geographic website (Link)

One Response to National Geographic photographs southern right whales

  1. Chris McGrath says:

    Thanks for this post Jez. Amidst all of the problems and complexity we face, it is nice to be reminded of the beauty of the oceans and why we want to protect them.

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