Each year, in the Austral winter, humpback whales make one of the longest journeys of any mammal on earth: They travel some 5,000 miles from the cold waters of Antarctica—where they feed during the Austral summer—to the warm waters of Tonga, where they give birth and rest.
Humans, too, are known to dive the waters of Tonga, where there are long-standing and community-supporting traditions of free diving and tourism, though not as much whale research as you might expect.
The photos here were taken in the summer of 2014 by photographer and conservationist Hussain Aga Khan as part of his Focused on Nature project.
And we’re going back in August.
Three humpback individuals undulate through the water, providing multiple views of their impressive form in a single view. (Photo by Hussain Aga Khan)
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