1998 Photo Contest, Nature, 1st prize

Xavier Desmier


01 January, 1997

Two killer whales patrol close to the beach, biding their time until a pair of six-week-old sea elephants take the plunge into the Antarctic Ocean. Every September sea elephants come ashore here to deliver their young, who gain five kilos a day from birth. Their parents, meanwhile, lose up to half their weight. When hunger finally drives them back into the water, the whales will be waiting.

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Xavier Desmier

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