Dwarf Minke Whale, Great Barrier Reef, Australia

“Moments after its eyes emerged from the water for a ‘spy hop,’ this whale slowly descended in my direction and came as close as six feet before it dove away.” -- Nature's Best photographer, Steffen Binke.

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Dwarf Minke Whale, Great Barrier Reef, Australia
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Steffen Binke/Nature’s Best Photography