Jonathan & An­gela Scott

Wanderlust Travel Magazine (UK) - - LIFE– CHANGING TRAVEL -

Jonathan: “So what do the ‘Big Cat Peo­ple’ do when they’re not track­ing wildlife in Africa? We’re not divers but we love snorkelling. Angie, my wife, was born in Alexan­dria in Egypt but brought up on the coast of Tan­za­nia. So, when we were in Tonga and our friend and fel­low wildlife pho­tog­ra­pher Griet Van Malderen in­vited us to join her to swim with hump­back whales, we were overjoyed. “This was some­thing Angie had al­ways wanted to do, though I had a bit of a prob­lem putting on a face­mask be­cause of my mous­tache – I ba­si­cally swal­lowed a lot of ocean wa­ter. But we did have some un­for­get­table en­coun­ters. One mo­ment in par­tic­u­lar ( pic­tured here) was ab­so­lutely sen­sa­tional, and so dif­fer­ent to the wildlife we nor­mally en­counter in the sa­van­nah – for both of us, it was life-chang­ing.”

An­gela: “I hadn’t been in the wa­ter for more than a few min­utes when, look­ing down into the blue, this mother and calf ma­te­ri­alised out of the depths to­wards me. It was as if time had slowed and all my senses were wrapped in that mo­ment – one I will cher­ish for­ever. This pho­to­graph cap­tures per­fectly a kinder, more con­sid­er­ate and lov­ing re­la­tion­ship be­tween hu­mans and their wild rel­a­tives.”

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