Portraits of Planet Ocean: Southern Right Whale

Photo: © Brian Skerry
September 11, 2013
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southern right whale hovering next to person on ocean floor
Photo: © Brian Skerry

Underwater photographer Brian Skerry captured this image of his assistant and a curious southern right whale from Auckland Islands, New Zealand, after swimming with a pod of whales for nearly two hours. “Portraits of Planet Ocean: The Photography of Brian Skerry” opens Sept. 17, 2013 at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. in celebration of the fifth anniversary of the Sant Ocean Hall.