Photo by @BrianSkerry.
A Southern Right Whale and a diver swim together in the frigid waters of New Zealand’s Sub-Antarctic Auckland Islands during wintertime. These enormous whales can reach lengths of 45 feet and weights of over 70 tons.
North Atlantic Right Whales, cousins of the whale photographed here, are the most endangered whales on the planet - with only about 500 remaining. Though the Southern Rights are also endangered, their populations have increased since the whaling days due to increased regulation and geographic distance from shipping and hunting lanes. Photographed on assignment for @NatGeo Magazine.
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