Thursday, June 20, 2013

The White Sea

The Arctic waters of the Velikaya Salma Strait in the Kandalaksha Gulf of Russia's White Sea, holds some very magnificent sights. Photographer Viktor Lyagushkin is noted for his dramatic underwater photography, and here he catches a Beluga Whale in the glow of the sun under huge chunks of frozen ice. A Beluga Whale's fat can make up roughly half of their body weight, where a regular whale's fat makes up only up to 30 percent of their entire body weight. The Belugas need this extra fat in order to stay alive in the chilling 28 degree waters. You can imagine what it takes to dive in for photographs.

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