I was shooting a pod of Dolphin this morning and after they passed, when they thought I’d moved on with my life, they became quite active and acrobatic. I got this shot of a Dolphin leaping and landing on what I though was another Dolphin. But when I checked the photos, I realized that it sure does not look like a Bottlenose Dolphin.
The profile matches that of a Humpback Whale calf. A Humpback whale measures about 11 feet when born. If this is a Humpback, then it is extremely young. There was no visible sign of the mother. Only that shot.
Could this be an optical illusion? A strange combination of light & shadow? Or perhaps this is a Bottlenose, upside down and rolling sideways, with an extremely deformed pectoral fin.
Sadly, this is probably just an illusion. But I’ll let you be the judge, dear reader. Still, it is fun to believe, to hold out some hope, and I love the merciless whale hype of it all.