Contact - HD Video of Humpback Whales Underwater in Tonga

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Footage of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) from the Kingdom of Tonga in the south Pacific ocean.

Humpback whales are a type of baleen whale. In the winter months this southern population of whales migrates north to Tonga, where they give birth to calves and mate.

The early shots in the video are young male humpback whales. Later we see a mother and her young calf.

I tried to convey the sense of awe and connection inspired by swimming with these magnificent cetaceans. It was a truly amazing experience.

The footage was shot by Nick Hope in high definition HDV 1080i 60i with a Sony HVR-Z1P HDV camera in a Light & Motion Bluefin HD housing.

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
Nick Hope