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Tony Wu is an underwater photographer and writer who in his own words describes himself as " the chimaera that results when you merge equal parts nature/ marine biology geek, visual art lover, technophile, hopeless dreamer, vagabond, and photography nut." In recent years, Tony has devoted the bulk of his time to the challenging pursuit of photographing large cetaceans such as sperm whales, humpbacks and blue whales, as well as documenting fish spawning aggregations. His newest obsession is exploring the rich marine environments of Japan.

Tony has received a number of prestigious awards, including Grand Prize in Japan's largest underwater photography contest, the prize for Best Book of the Year at the Festival of Marine Images in Antibes, and first place in the Under Water category of the London Natural History Museum's annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest in 2010 and 2016, as well as in the Behaviour: Mammals category in 2017.
Large aggregation of Sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) engaged in social activity. Note the abundance of sloughed off skin in the water, resulting from tactile contact among the whales, with cloud... - Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Large aggregation of Sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) engaged in social activity. Note the abundance of sloughed off skin in the water, resulting from tactile contact among the whales, with cloud...
Sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) adult female swimming upwards to surface with other behind. Indian Ocean, March. - Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) adult female swimming upwards to surface with other behind. Indian Ocean, March.
Four Sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) rubbing their heads together while socializing, forming an X shape pattern. Caribbean. - Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Four Sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) rubbing their heads together while socializing, forming an X shape pattern. Caribbean.
Sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) adult female swimming profile, Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka. March. - Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) adult female swimming profile, Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka. March.
Swimmer stroking 'Scar', a male Sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) who often seems to seek out and enjoy contact with people. Caribbean, January 2010. Model released. - Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Swimmer stroking 'Scar', a male Sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) who often seems to seek out and enjoy contact with people. Caribbean, January 2010. Model released.
Sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) family resting at the ocean surface. The lead female holds a giant squid (Architeuthis sp.) in her mouth. Ogasawara / Bonin Islands, Japan. - Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) family resting at the ocean surface. The lead female holds a giant squid (Architeuthis sp.) in her mouth. Ogasawara / Bonin Islands, Japan.
Sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) juveniles playing together, Caribbean. - Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) juveniles playing together, Caribbean.
Sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) adult female, at the ocean surface with her mouth slightly open. Sri Lanka, Indian Ocean. - Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) adult female, at the ocean surface with her mouth slightly open. Sri Lanka, Indian Ocean.
Sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) group engaged in social activity, with one whale separated from the group while passing gas. Flatulence is common when sperm whales socialise near the ocean surfac... - Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) group engaged in social activity, with one whale separated from the group while passing gas. Flatulence is common when sperm whales socialise near the ocean surfac...
Four Sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) rubbing their heads together while socializing, hanging down. Caribbean. - Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Four Sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) rubbing their heads together while socializing, hanging down. Caribbean.
Group of Sperm whales (Physter macrocephalus) family group swimming together, Indian Ocean, March. - Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Group of Sperm whales (Physter macrocephalus) family group swimming together, Indian Ocean, March.
Aggregation of Sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) engaged in social activity. Indian Ocean, March. - Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Aggregation of Sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) engaged in social activity. Indian Ocean, March.
Sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) group, Sri Lanka. - Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) group, Sri Lanka.
Sperm whale 'Scar' (Physeter macrocephalus) male reaching maturity; close up, Dominica, Caribbean. - Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Sperm whale 'Scar' (Physeter macrocephalus) male reaching maturity; close up, Dominica, Caribbean.
Sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) group of females with one defecating. Sri Lanka, Indian Ocean. - Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) group of females with one defecating. Sri Lanka, Indian Ocean.
Sperm whale calf (Physeter macrocephalus) at surface, this is a very small calf about half  of normal birth size. Sri Lanka, Indian Ocean. - Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Sperm whale calf (Physeter macrocephalus) at surface, this is a very small calf about half of normal birth size. Sri Lanka, Indian Ocean.
Humpback whale female calf (Megaptera novaeangliae) posing with her pectoral fins held together, with her mother resting in the background. Vava'u, Kingdom of Tonga. Pacific Ocean. - Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback whale female calf (Megaptera novaeangliae) posing with her pectoral fins held together, with her mother resting in the background. Vava'u, Kingdom of Tonga. Pacific Ocean.
Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) female calf mimicking her mother, visible in the background. The adult female had the habit of resting with her fluke at the surface. Vava'u, Kingdom of Tonga.... - Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) female calf mimicking her mother, visible in the background. The adult female had the habit of resting with her fluke at the surface. Vava'u, Kingdom of Tonga....
Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae), fluke of female with male calf playing below,  Vava'u, Tonga, Pacific Ocean. - Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae), fluke of female with male calf playing below, Vava'u, Tonga, Pacific Ocean.
Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) calf 'Tahafa' male with injured pectoral fin and scarred body, with mother. Vava'u, Tonga, Pacific Ocean. - Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) calf 'Tahafa' male with injured pectoral fin and scarred body, with mother. Vava'u, Tonga, Pacific Ocean.
Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) female breaching together with her male calf. The calf had a large wound on his left peduncle area, one that appeared to be the result of a large bite, Vava'u,... - Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) female breaching together with her male calf. The calf had a large wound on his left peduncle area, one that appeared to be the result of a large bite, Vava'u,...
Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) adult female in foreground, with her male calf and their escort behind her. Vava'u, Tonga, South Pacific. - Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) adult female in foreground, with her male calf and their escort behind her. Vava'u, Tonga, South Pacific.
Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) female with male calf, resting in shallow water. Vava'u, Kingdom of Tonga, Pacific Ocean. - Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) female with male calf, resting in shallow water. Vava'u, Kingdom of Tonga, Pacific Ocean.
Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) four interacting.  The gathering appeared to be a competitive group centered upon the whale on the sand at the lower left of this image. That whale remained re... - Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) four interacting. The gathering appeared to be a competitive group centered upon the whale on the sand at the lower left of this image. That whale remained re...
Humpback whale female calf (Megaptera novaeangliae australis)  slapping the ocean surface with her fluke and rolled over on her back, Tonga. - Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback whale female calf (Megaptera novaeangliae australis) slapping the ocean surface with her fluke and rolled over on her back, Tonga.
Humpback whale calf (Megaptera novaeangliae) male resting beneath his resting mother. Vava'u, Tonga, South Pacific. - Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback whale calf (Megaptera novaeangliae) male resting beneath his resting mother. Vava'u, Tonga, South Pacific.
Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae australis) male calf playing just below the ocean surface, Tonga - Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae australis) male calf playing just below the ocean surface, Tonga
Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) juvenile male playing and spinning  This is the first verified record of a living humpback whale in the waters off Sri Lanka. - Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) juvenile male playing and spinning This is the first verified record of a living humpback whale in the waters off Sri Lanka.
Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) male calf landing after breaching. Vava'u, Tonga, South Pacific. - Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) male calf landing after breaching. Vava'u, Tonga, South Pacific.
Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) rear view of males escort, with  adult female and male calf in the background. Vava'u, Tonga, South Pacific. - Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) rear view of males escort, with adult female and male calf in the background. Vava'u, Tonga, South Pacific.
Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) with significant scarring on its dorsal surface, Vava'u, Tonga, South Pacific - Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) with significant scarring on its dorsal surface, Vava'u, Tonga, South Pacific
Humpback whales (Megaptera novangliaea) unusual scene with two adults tail-slapping together in rough seas, Vava'u, Tonga, South Pacific - Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback whales (Megaptera novangliaea) unusual scene with two adults tail-slapping together in rough seas, Vava'u, Tonga, South Pacific
Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) male calf playing at the ocean surface in front of his mother. Vava'u, Kingdom of Tonga. - Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) male calf playing at the ocean surface in front of his mother. Vava'u, Kingdom of Tonga.
Humpback whale calf (Megaptera novaeangliae) resting under the chin of its mother. Vava'u, Tonga, Pacific Ocean. - Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback whale calf (Megaptera novaeangliae) resting under the chin of its mother. Vava'u, Tonga, Pacific Ocean.
Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) executing a dramatic tail slap, throwing up a cascade of water with its powerful fluke, Vava'u, Tonga, South Pacific - Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) executing a dramatic tail slap, throwing up a cascade of water with its powerful fluke, Vava'u, Tonga, South Pacific
Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) adult female splashing lots of sea water and spray in all directions with her fluke and peduncle, Vava'u, Tonga, South Pacific - Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) adult female splashing lots of sea water and spray in all directions with her fluke and peduncle, Vava'u, Tonga, South Pacific
Humpback whale  (Megaptera novaeangliae) male calf with his resting mother. Vava'u, Kingdom of Tonga. Pacific Ocean. - Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) male calf with his resting mother. Vava'u, Kingdom of Tonga. Pacific Ocean.
Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) in a heat run, with six males competing for the attention of a female that already has a calf. Vava'u, Kingdom of Tonga - Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) in a heat run, with six males competing for the attention of a female that already has a calf. Vava'u, Kingdom of Tonga
Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) close up of adult female fluke, she had the unusual habit of resting upside-down, with the ventral surface of her fluke to the sky, Vavau, Tonga, South Pacific - Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) close up of adult female fluke, she had the unusual habit of resting upside-down, with the ventral surface of her fluke to the sky, Vavau, Tonga, South Pacific
Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) adult female breaching, Vava'u, Tonga, South Pacific sequence 1/3 - Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) adult female breaching, Vava'u, Tonga, South Pacific sequence 1/3
Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) female close up, Vava'u, Kingdom of Tonga. Pacific Ocean. - Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) female close up, Vava'u, Kingdom of Tonga. Pacific Ocean.
Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) taking a breath at the ocean surface. Vavau, Kingdom of Tonga. Pacific Ocean. - Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) taking a breath at the ocean surface. Vavau, Kingdom of Tonga. Pacific Ocean.
Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) male lunging whilst coming up to breathe, during heat run, Vava'u, Tonga, South Pacific - Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) male lunging whilst coming up to breathe, during heat run, Vava'u, Tonga, South Pacific
Dwarf minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) friendly female making a close pass, Lighthouse Bommie in the Great Barrier Reef, Australia - Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Dwarf minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) friendly female making a close pass, Lighthouse Bommie in the Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Southern right whale (Eubalaena australis) male brindle calf at surface, born with white and black pigmentation, photographed with the permission of the Department of Environmental Affairs, South Afri... - Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Southern right whale (Eubalaena australis) male brindle calf at surface, born with white and black pigmentation, photographed with the permission of the Department of Environmental Affairs, South Afri...
Killer whales / Orcas (Orcinus orca) large pod including calf traveling together while foraging on large schools of Herring (Clupea harengus) in the cold waters of northern Norway, January - Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Killer whales / Orcas (Orcinus orca) large pod including calf traveling together while foraging on large schools of Herring (Clupea harengus) in the cold waters of northern Norway, January
Killer whale / Orca (Orcinus orca) large adult male stalking a large school of Herring (Clupea harengus) in shallow water, Norway, February - Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Killer whale / Orca (Orcinus orca) large adult male stalking a large school of Herring (Clupea harengus) in shallow water, Norway, February
Bryde's whale (Balaenoptera edeni edeni) adult female feeding at surface on anchovies with her calf. Gulf of Thailand, Pacific. - Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Bryde's whale (Balaenoptera edeni edeni) adult female feeding at surface on anchovies with her calf. Gulf of Thailand, Pacific.
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