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    I went snorkelling to the south pacific to swim with Humpback Whales in Tonga where they migrate to from the Antartica. Never I had thought I could witness such a connection between the mother and the calf. To know that these 10-16m whales are out there travelling through our oceans to have their babies, we do need to protect them and reduce our plastic use beware of our pollution and boat traffic out there in the sea.
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    I love the magical atmosphere of this photo. It is monochromatic and a little grainy, yet this is what gives it the mysterious feel. It makes me feel the tenderness of the maternal relationship.

    Enric Sala
    National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence
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    Date Uploaded: May 11, 2016
    Location: Neiafu, Vava`u, Tonga
    Copyright: © Rita Kluge
    Categories: Animals, Nature, Portraits
    Assignments: Saving Our Oceans, Pristine Seas
    Contests: 2016 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year, 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year