Mo'orea - Allie Kelley

One Breath

We met at a depth of about 30 feet below the surface and slowly rose up through the water column. The whale had been sleeping silently over 60 feet below us when the boat captain spotted her and we all slid into the water, patiently waiting for her to emerge. I don’t know how much time passed but it didn’t matter. We were in the right spot at the right time. At the first sign of movement I prepared my camera, inhaling and exhaling a few long breaths before diving down. Taking one last inhale of oxygen, I kicked deeper below the water, and escorted the whale to the air above.

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