A Mother Teaches Her Baby. Introducing ‘Swim School’

A Mother Teaches Her Baby. Introducing ‘Swim School’

Posted by Brooke Ogden on

If you ask me today what my most memorable underwater experience is, I’d probably tell you it was the whale swims in Tonga. Still to this day these are my number one!  

These remarkable encounters offer but a glimpse into the awe-inspiring world of these magnificent creatures.

Swimming with a mother and calf, we witness the loving relationship between them, and if we look closely, we can see (or assume!) the lessons they teach.




In human form, a mother’s lessons never end. For humpback whale calves, they only have a year or so staying close to mumma before they become independent and take on the oceans with other whales. So, time to learn little one! 

These lessons are critical for the calves survival and successful integration into the larger whale community. From the intricacies of swimming to the art of tail-slapping, from the nuances of feeding to the subtleties of communication, the mother serves as the ultimate mentor to her calf. 

And I feel from this encounter this is what this image is showing us: the mother and calf’s intricate bond as they gracefully swim their way through the ocean.


The Finer Details

Print name: Swim School 
Limited Edition Print: YES – 200  
Medium and size of piece in image:  
Limited range, please contact for details.  
Subject Matter: Humpback Whale Mother and Calf  
Location of shot:  Vava’u -  Kingdom Of Tonga  
Equipment Used: Canon 5DMIV + 16-35mm L series lens + Ikelite Housing  
Depth/Height: Just below the surface – snorkelling 



Order your copy of this limited edition whale print, or explore other whale prints and gift items in the gallery.


Mum and Baby Whale Pendant
Whale Cufflinks
Playtime Acrylic Photo Block
'Mum' Print

 'Mum' - Framed Print 


See you next month for another behind the scenes blog! 

Stay awesome!

Brooke xo

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