Photo of the Day

a baby humpback whale
August 6, 2015

Big Baby

A young humpback whale eyes Your Shot member Karim Iliya, who spotted the calf and its mother while diving in the waters off Tonga. “I could not help but wave and smile at the newborn whale almost three times my length,” Iliya writes. “Its curiosity got the better of it and emerging from under its mother's fin, it swam toward me, approaching less than 30 centimeters [11 inches] from my face.”

Iliya’s image was recently featured in Your Shot’s Daily Dozen.

Photograph by Karim Iliya, National Geographic Your Shot

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