Some amazing photographs of whales and dolphins taken by Christopher Swann

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Whales and dolphins are two of the most reclusive species of aquatic animals in the world. Whales are the only mammals that live underwater, only coming to the surface for air. The Blue Whale is considered as the largest mammal ever recorded, with the largest specimen growing 30m in length and weighing at 180 metric tons.

Dolphins on the other hand are one of the most intelligent creatures on Earth. Though reclusive, they are known to become friendly with humans who interact with them on a daily basis and are known to help out divers and other fishes.

Here are some breathtaking and amazing photographs of whales and dolphins taken by well-known photographer Christopher Swann in his series “Dances with the whales”.

1 Who is Christopher Swann?

Christopher Swann is a Glasgow based photographer whose work is primarily from Scotland, featuring lots of the highlands and islands of the beautiful country. He started working young and has been fascinated with the landscapes and waters of Scotland. Recently he was in news for clicking some breath taking images of cetaceans like dolphins and whales in different routines of their daily life.

Christopher Swann

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2 The art of clicking amazing photographs of whales and dolphins

pilot whale the Canary Islands

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He has over 25 years of experience in diving and has been watching whales and dolphins all over Britain and Scotland. This has given him immense knowledge of their behavioral patterns and led him to click some amazing photographs both above and beneath the water in his work titled “Dances with Whales”.

Swann developed passion for whale watching in 1980s and bought a 73 ton Danish trawler and named it Marguerite Explorer. He left the navy in order to go exploring the wildlife, especially the whales.

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3 The “Dances with the Whales” Project

The images taken by Swann are both in color and black and white, bringing out the best of his subjects. There are long shots and close-ups of the animals while being docile or doing some maneuver. The images are very modest in their appearance. The black and white images bring out details that would have been missed in colored photographs.

Dances with the Whales

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He has been able to capture the water ripples created by an orca and even the chaos created by a school of fishes
when a group of dolphins attack them.

group of dolphins

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When asked about his skills, Swann said “People tell me I have an instinct for finding whales but I don’t believe that. Learning to look is an art that takes time, effort and intense concentration. To find a whale you must become the thing you hunt.”

humpback whales

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Swann has been dubbed as the ‘Whale Whisperer‘for his knack of finding out whales. Though he took to photography a bit late, his works have garnered lots of fans and have earned him both reputation and money.

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