British photographer and kayaker Duncan Murrell paddles close to humpback whales to shoot them feeding off the coast of Alaska. The humpbacks, which can grow to more than 50 feet, spend most of their time under water and can dive for up to 30 minutes, so being at the right place at the right time to see them requires skill and luck.
Humpback whales feed mainly on herring, krill. and other small fish. The whales use a variety of methods to catch food including underwater exhalation of columns of bubbles that concentrate prey, feeding in formation, herding of prey, and lunge feeding.
Murrell has earned himself the nickname “Whaleman” because he gets so close to the humpbacks. “All the situations have invariably involved me taking the kayak out in a storm,” he said. “There was a time in Alaska when I was severely hypothermic, standing knee-deep in water and really thinking I would never get out.”