A photographer has taken an amazing photo of a seal catching a ride on the back of a humpback whale during a feeding frenzy off the New South Wales coast in Australia.
Robyn Malcolm was enjoying the incredible sight of the seasonal bait fishing frenzy off Eden, New South Wales during a whale watching trip, and of course taking plenty of photos.
Malcolm was surprised to see the extraordinary image after reviewing her photos of the trip: “We didn’t actually see the event happen, and it wasn’t til I went back through the photos, that I realized that I’d actually captured the seal on top of the whale.”
When a reporter asked her how she would respond to those who might claim that the image is Photoshopped, Malcolm replied: “I’m positive, because I don’t know how to use PhotoShop. And I do still have it on the camera so I can prove it.”
Malcolm’s photos also revealed another amazing occurrence, picked up by whale expert Geoff Ross, from the NSW National Parks and Wildlife. “They look they are bubble feeding, a very unique behavior. We’ve not known humpbacks in NSW waters to feed like this, that’s the first time I’ve seen that happen in NSW waters,” he said.
Communal bait feeding by groups of different species are a common sight each year along the Australian coast.