Seal takes a ride on a humpback whale

By AG Staff 17 September 2015
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A seal takes a ride on a humpback whale off the NSW southern coast

Photographer Robyn Malcom captured a startling image of a seal riding on the back of a humpback whale. 

She says: 

“On a recent whale watching trip out of Eden, NSW, we experienced dolphins, seals, birds and whales feeding on bait fish. At times there was so much going on, you didn’t know which way to point the camera.

The seals and dolphins were going crazy on top of the water, then the whales would lunge straight through the middle. I managed to get some great shots of whales feeding, but was surprised to find these two photos in amongst them, as I didn’t see it at the time. I don’t think he stayed there for long!

This photo was taken just south of Eden with an Olympus E-M5, 40-150m lens F5.6 1/1000. The whale season continues to be a big one, last Saturday we were ‘mugged’ by the biggest group of humpbacks I have ever seen, who were happy to play with us for a while.”