It’s been a while since I was out diving and snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef. This time I went with the superb liveaboard “Spoilsport” of the Mike Ball Dive Expeditions during the best time of the year to see minke whales underwater. The weather was amazing with only 10-15 knot winds and about 20-30 whales around the boat mainly at Lighthouse Bommie. Water visibility was a bit challenging for photography but workable. It’s a wonderful experience being back on the minke line and I can’t recommend it enough to everyone to try it even once in their life.
While hanging on the line I was focusing on a minke face to hopefully get a closeup of the head when the whale let go a bubble blast. So I got a sequence of 9 images of the bubble blast which I turned into an animated GIF.
Here is a little write-up from last year by Stella for Sport Diver Magazine on the work of Dr. Alastair Birtles and Dr. Matt Curnock who manages the Friends of the Minke Whales Project: