Photographed in the Ha'apai Islands in the Kingdom of Tonga, one of the places where Southern Hemisphere humpback whales return every year to give birth to their calves.
When the Whale is Watching You. A curious juvenile, nicknamed "Ramby", leaves his mothers side to make a close pass and examine the humans in the water.
A lone humpback seems genuinely happy to have the company of humans in the water. It isn't known whether it was a young female who lost her calf, or a juvenile whale that lost its mother.