Mother and calf

Swimming Beluga

Beluga’s are always extremely difficult to photograph. First of all they are extremely shy, taking off as soon as you approach them, secondly you often don’t see much more as an off white back in the water and lastly we don’t see them often. This cruise turned out to be slightly different. We saw many different groups, already starting when the first passengers  boarded the ship. The last group turned out to be the best. We just arrived at the edge of a small cliff when someone shouted “Beluga!”. And there they were, 10m below us, a nice group of Beluga’s. This mother and calf were swimming together and I took the opportunity to take this picture where the mother is swimming just below the surface, while the calf just surfaces. Despite being only a few years old, the calf has already quite some scars on its back, probably caused by ice.

Arjen Drost

Arjen is a Polar ecologist, nature photographer and full time expedition guide on expedition cruise ships in both Polar regions. With his pictures and stories he likes to show the beauty of these very fragile and threatened places.

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