Each winter in the Norwegian Arctic, hundreds of killer whales and humpbacks chase a vast herring migration, pushing them to shallower waters where the hunting is easier. To witness the action on the surface from a boat is quite easy, but to get close encounters underwater is another story: It’s absolutely up to the animals to decide if they will permit human contact. Operators use fast RIBS to drop divers in front of the hunting whales, but you most likely will get only a brief interaction. You need good physical fitness to hop in and out of the water many, many times. Even then, it is challenging to get a decent shot.
LOCATION Andenes, North Atlantic
PHOTOGRAPHER Tobias Friedrich WHEN TO GO From November to January; water temps range from 32˚F to 40˚F DIVE NOW northern-explorers.com
Clockwise from top: A 3D stereo camera captures the action; the arcing Northern Lights; orcas hunting.