Grey Whale

A close up of a grey whale face
© Claudio Contreras Koob / Nature's Best Photography Awards 2018

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“Every winter, gray whales embark on an enormous migration  from the freezing waters of the Arctic to the mild coastal lagoons of central Baja  California.  I  was there photographing for  WILDCOAST,  an  organization that supports protecting the region ’s wetlands to ensure a healthy habitat for the breeding whales.  I  was  fortunate  to  find  this  totally  relaxed  whale  approaching  our  boat,  which  allowed  me to  carefully  introduce  my  camera  partially  into  the  water  to  show  his  brilliant  eye  and  smile.” — Claudio Contreras Koob