When a blue whale blows out a heart-shaped rainbow, it’s something truly amazing to behold.
When this photographer took a picture of a blue whale coming up for air, he did so at the exact right moment. Precisely at this moment, the whale was clearing his blowhole, which created an amazing colorful rainbow in the shape of a heart! This must have been photographer Tanakit Suwanyangyaun’s lucky day.
The way the water droplets and the sunlight fell gives the appearance of the whale blowing a rainbow coloured heart.
Tanakit had spent the day swimming among the whales, as he toured the area, near Sri Lanka, with a scuba dive tour. And after capturing images of himself with the world’s largest mammals under the water – he was thrilled to take this extra special picture above the water too.
He said: “The photos are a dream come true for me.
“I’d longed to swim with blue whales all my life – it was such an unforgettable experience. The whales were swimming past quite quickly, we only saw each one for a few seconds before it swam off, so I was very lucky. I’d go back again and again if I had the chance.”
Balaenoptera musculus, the blue whale, is the largest animal ever known to have lived on the planet – larger than dinosaurs, and movie monsters aside. Even at birth it is one of the world’s biggest animals!.The planet is covered with amazing, fascinating creatures, but the blue whale ranks among one of the most superlative.
The blue whale is a marine vertebrate having a place with the baleen whale parvorder, Mysticeti. At up to 29.9 meters in length and with a most extreme recorded load of 173 tonnes,it is the biggest creature known to have at any point existed. Long and thin, the blue whale’s body can be different shades of pale blue dark dorsally and to some degree lighter underneath.
There is one population of around 2,000 blue whales off the coast of California – but all told there are only around 10,000 to 25,000 individuals left. The World Conservation Union (IUCN) Red List rates them as Endangered. Hopefully with time, the planet’s giantest gentle giants will again roam the seas aplenty.