Sea-kayaking with a minke whale – in pictures

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While sea-kayaking in Neko Harbour in the Antarctic peninsula, Andrew Peacock captured an extraordinary sight: an inquisitive minke passing within arm’s-reach of the flotilla of kayaks. Best of all, he managed to capture the moment on camera.

sea-kayaking: Enormous Swims Under Unsuspecting Kayaker – The kayaks pass through Paradise Harbour during their three-week expedition – Photograph: Andrew Peacock/Barcroft USA

sea-kayaking: Enormous Minke Whale Swims Under Unsuspecting Kayaker – A minke whale swims up to inspect the kayaks – Photograph: Andrew Peacock/Barcroft USA

sea-kayaking: Enormous Minke Whale Swims Under Unsuspecting kayaker – Peacock snaps the 20ft whale in the icy waters – Photograph: Andrew Peacock/Barcroft USA

sea-kayaking: Enormous Minke Whale Swims Under Unsuspecting Kayaker – A minke pokes its head out of the water – Photograph: Andrew Peacock/Barcroft USA

sea-kayaking: Enormous Minke Whale Swims Under Unsuspecting Kayaker – A self portrait of Andrew Peacock, with his camera pack – Photograph: Andrew Peacock/Barcroft USA

This article was written by for the Guardian UK.

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Susan Lee

Both of the pics of the whale under the ocean surface are genuinely stunningly GREAT !

Susan Lee

This was totally TERRIFFIC! Thanks so much for sharing!

Susan Lee

This was totally TERRIFFIC! Thanks so much for sharing!