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A big emotion

A big emotion
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2016-08-20
Categories: Fish
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-08-26 11:59
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A meeting with a whale is a big big emotion, not difficult to found in the north of Iceland.

Class: Mammalia
Order: Cetacea
Family: Balaenopteridae
Genus: Balaenoptera
Species:B. acutorostrata

The common minke whale or northern minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) is a species of minke whale within the suborder of baleen whales. It is the smallest member of the rorquals and the second smallest species of baleen whale. Although first ignored by whalers due to its small size and low oil yield, it began to be exploited by various countries beginning in the early 20th century. As other species declined larger numbers of common minke whales were caught, largely for their meat. It is now one of the primary targets of the whaling industry. There is a dwarf form in the Southern Hemisphere.
This species is known in the fossil record from the Pliocene period to the Quaternary period (age range: 3.6 million years ago to present day).

La balenottera minore o balenottera rostrata (Balaenoptera acutorostrata Lacépède, 1804), è, con la balenottera comune antartica, una delle due specie più piccole e comuni della famiglia delle Balaenopteridae.Di aspetto molto variabile, alcuni esperti ne riconoscono 3 o addirittura 4 sottospecie. Certi individui sono curiosi e si avvicinano, ma nella maggior parte dei casi è difficile vederla bene. A distanza può essere confusa con la balenottera boreale, con la balenottera di Eden, con la balenottera comune o con l'iperodonte boreale; tuttavia la sua sequenza di immersione è caratteristica. Per distinguerla dalla maggior parte degli zifidi dovrebbero bastare la forma della testa e la scarsità di cicatrici, mentre la bocca relativamente diritta dovrebbe aiutare a distinguerla dalla caperea. Ha una banda bianca sulle pinne pettorali. La balenottera minore è l'unico misticeto cacciato commercialmente.Di solito è difficile avvicinarla, ma alcuni individui curiosi perlustrano le zone dove ci sono imbarcazioni. Può accostarsi senza preavviso. Difficilmente nuota a prua, ma capita che nuoti vicino a una barca per una distanza considerevole. I movimenti sott'acqua sono imprevedibili, può svanire senza tracce. Il nuoto è piuttosto veloce. Compie a volte spyhopping e breaching. La tipica sequenza d'immersione consiste in 5-8 soffi a intervalli di meno di un minuto, seguiti da una lunga immersione che dura da 3 a 8 minuti. Quando si sposta di solito respira 1 o 2 volte fra un'immersione e l'altra. A volte la si vede alimentarsi in superficie sotto un gruppo di uccelli marini. Si nutre soprattutto di pesci appartenenti alle famiglie dei Salmonidae, Clupeidae e Gadidae

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hallo Luciano
this is a great moment for you
i like this picture with good sharpness and lovely colours
thanks gr lou

Bonsoir Luciano,

L'étendue de la mer donne de la profondeur à la composition. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails de la queue de la baleine. La qualité de la lumière embellit les couleurs de l'image. Bonne soirée.


Ciao Luciano, in Islanda è un po' difficile trovare farfalle e ti sei dedicato a qualcosa di leggermente più grande, gran tempismo e favoloso mare, fantastico incontro, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

Hello Luciano,
Indeed a interesting meeting....nice image of the tail....
The details are excellent. The notes are interesting and useful.

Lucky to come across the Whale and capture its tail fins, Luciano. Your trip to Iceland seems to be a great one!
I like the ambience of the coastal background.
From your perspective, the blue water looks lively and goes well with your capture.
Thanks for sharing this valuable image.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2016-08-27 7:53]

Hello Luciano,
Very beautiful photo of this whale, taken in one of my favorite European countries. Nice close photo in good sharpness, natural colors and background.

Ciao Luciano,

You always manage to visit exotic countries - once you'd come to Irlanda as well. :-) In some harbours there are "whalewatching service" (ships which lift you to the area where you can watch whales) here also. Until now I only managed to photograph seals, but unfortunately the quality of the images are poor.

About your photo: this is a once-in-a-lifetime capture. An eternal memory for you, and a fantastic view for us. Superb moment, fantastic shot. Bravo!

Kind regards, László

Hello Luciano,
Excellent photograph of this tail of Whale. Very good color and sharpness. Very impressive placement of the subject as well as BG part of land. It would be more attractive in my opinion if you could captured it more wider; I mean more water and land in the frame. Tail would not so close then but view would have been more attractive where we could see its natural habitat.
Thanks for sharing such beautiful species,
Regards and have a nice Sunday,

ciao Luciano,
c'est une superbe prise de vue, en effet ça devait être une belle émotion d'observer une baleine.
Bonne soirée

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2016-08-28 13:53]

Hola Luciano...wow, que maravilloso espectáculo nos muestras, debe ser una tremenda emoción poder ver a estos grandes mamíferos y lograr fotos de calidad como esta...saludos.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2016-08-28 20:17]

Hello Luciano,
I would imagine this was quite a thrill and a moment you will never forget. How neat you have this image to remind you of this special trip and event. Very sharp and a one of a kind photo which most people never have the opportunity to capture. Great shot and very interesting.

Hello my friend,
Unique moment, the meeting with this primordial creature is indeed one that lasts and gives us a nice good feeling.
Well done the light is perfect, the composition, sharpness, well done.

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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)
  • [2016-09-01 19:18]

Hi Luciano
Amazing meeting with this fantastic animal, different to those that I saw in Northwest Mexico seven months ago.
Nice blue tone of these calm waters, apparently.

TFS & regards

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