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Whale Day Pictures and Photos

By Scuba Diving Editors | Updated On February 17, 2017
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Whale Day Pictures and Photos

This year World Whale Day falls on February 18, and to celebrate we're sharing some of our favorite whale images from Scuba Diving's 2016 underwater photo contest.

Whether you are snorkeling with humpback whales in the Dominican Republic or venturing into the High Arctic in search of narwhals these types of encounters leave us awe-struck. Sharing the water with these incredible animals is a humbling experience and keeps us divers coming back again and again.

Photo submissions for next year will open in January 2017, so make sure to check /photocontest for details and updates on the 2017 Through Your Lens Photo Contest!

Humpback whale underwater photo

A female humpback whale calf uses her pectoral fin to measure the distance between her and myself to ensure her fluke (tail fin) doesn't come in contact with me when passing by.

Matthew Draper
Humpback whale Kona Hawaii

A humpback whale playfully blows a stream of fine bubbles, drawing a silver pattern across a seawater canvas in Kona, Hawaii

Doug Perrine
Scuba diving with false killer whales Mexico

A typical encounter with a small pod of five false killer Whales (Pseudorca crassidens) off the coast of San Benedicto Island in the Archipelago of Revillagigedo, Mexico.

Eric Higuera
Humpback whale

Sometimes it pays off to take an extra long safety stop. All of the other scuba divers had ascended to the boat when this female humpback came through. I was fortunate enough to have several minutes with her before she ventured back into the blue.

Greg Sherman
Snorkeling with humpback whales Tahiti

Snorkeling with humpback whales in Tahiti.

Jett Britnell
Humpback whale underwater photography

A female Humpback whale calf bows after an hour of showing off in front of my camera.

Matt Draper