We're all for seeing nature up close, but this could be pushing it.
Wildlife photographer Justin Hofman captured these amazing shots of southern right whales in Argentina in late October. His photos give a sense of their immense size, especially when compared to a tourist boat.
Lucky for us, Hofman had permission from the Argentine authorities to photograph the whales — so we can enjoy them from the safety of shore.
"Southern right whales use the protected lagoons of Peninsula Valdez, Argentina to birth their calfs and mate," the photographer wrote on his website. "I had the opportunity to dive with a few whales and it changed me forever."
We can see why. In one captivating picture, mother and calf swim side by side as they come in for their close-up.Members of this whale species congregate in the Southern Hemisphere and travel to one of four breeding grounds, including the Argentine peninsula, to raise their babies.
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