Happy New Year. Hi Fives! Give me a hug before we part!

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Aubrey Skelly on December 30, 2009

Hi Ian, Happy new year and may I suggest a new caption give me a hi five, cheers Aubrey

sugarbag1 on December 30, 2009

Beautiful Ian. I love looking at them.They come into Albany every year and have there calves here in sheltered waters.We can wwalk real close to them as well as there is a walkway around the coast line and they come within 50 meters of the shore.Thanks,David

Ian Stehbens on December 30, 2009

Dear Aubrey and David,

I like your caption very much, Aubrey. This was in the week that the whales left their calving waters and began their southern migration. And it was towards the end of our stay in Tonga.

David, I understand that the population of humpbacks that migrate to Albany and those that migrate to the Coral Sea and these that calve in Tongan waters never meet one another. They stay in separate areas of the Southern Ocean as well. And did you know that the northern hemisphere humpbacks (same species) are dark underneath? I hope to visit Albany one day, so it will have to be in calving season!

Happy New Year.


stephan Seo on December 31, 2009

Ian, It is an exquisite scene!Some days too late for Christmas, but not too late to wish all the best for the new year 2010 to you and your beloved.Happy New Year!!


Harri L on December 31, 2009

Hi Ian! This photo is wonderful!

I wish a Happy New Year to you and your family. And also I wish that the New Year will bring hapiness in your family and may all your dreams come true.

Warmest regards from snowy Finland, Harri

barbarosakpinar on December 31, 2009

I wish Happy New Year . Greetings , Barbaros

Ian Stehbens on December 31, 2009

Happy New Year, Stephan, Harri and Barbaros.

May this new year be most fulfilling for you each. Good health and many wonderful images to share. I look forward to our conversations and exchanges this year.

Ian 1:45am 1 Jan 2010

Axl Bach on January 6, 2010

Wow!!! Marvelous!!!! I love whale very much. Congratulations!!

best regards, Axl

Ian Stehbens on January 7, 2010

I can feel your joy from here, Axl. I think the photo expresses my delight. Be up close to a whale for me must be like completing a climb to the crater of Mt Fuji for you!


Ian Stehbens on January 12, 2010

Thank you, Vuk. This experience is a highlight for anyone who finds that the whale comes this close to your boat! Never to be forgotten.

I am glad you like it.


Instituto Homem-mato on March 3, 2010


Instituto Homem-mato on March 3, 2010

Ian SEA SHEPHERD soldier! Parabéns e um abraço do Brasil! =';'=

Ian Stehbens on March 3, 2010

Thanks Douglas. I swim between the whalers and the whales like a good shepherd until the whalers take me hostage or harpoon me!


Felix Bayer on February 15, 2012


Ian Stehbens on February 15, 2012

Thank you, Fisch 98.

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