Haunting images of an underwater whale graveyard are making the rounds on the internet. The images were captured by a Swedish photographer named Alex Dawson who won first prize in the wide-angle category of the 2022 Scuba Diving Underwater Photo Contest, a report said. Newsweek.
Mr Dawson took to Twitter on Wednesday to share some photos of the whale graveyard he captured. While sharing the photos, he wrote, “I am very honored that Scuba Diving Magazine has chosen my image as the winner of 2022 in the wide angle category.”
I am very honored that Scuba Diving Magazine has chosen my image as the winner of 2022 in the wide angle category. Finally, another image also received an honorable mention. And a big thank you for the first prize aboard the luxurious Red Sea Aggressor III in 2023 😊 pic.twitter.com/vHGh3uMArE
—Alex_Dawson_Photography (@AlexDawsonPhoto) September 21, 2022
“Finally, another image also received an honorable mention. And a big thank you for the first prize aboard the luxurious Red Sea Aggressor III in 2023,” added Mr. Dawson.
Mr. Dawson said Newsweek, “When I capture images, I want to create ‘I wish I was there’ feelings. That’s my mantra.”
The image shows Mr Dawson and his partner Anna Von Boetticher under one meter of compacted ice in Tasiilaq Bay, Greenland. The duo swam among nearly 20 whale carcasses to capture the winning shot, reported Newsweek.
The post has received over 43,000 likes and over 6,000 retweets since it was shared. Many users praised and praised the photographer for such an amazing photo in the comment box of the post.
“Wow these are amazing,” wrote one user.
Another commented: “Award and mention more than deserved. Congratulations!!”
According Newsweek, Tasiilaq Bay is locally known as flenseplassen, which generally means “flaying ground”. Local Inuit hunters collect dead whales and strip them to the bare bones. They bring the remaining materials back into the ocean at high tide.
“Usually to see whale bones like this you would need a submarine,” Dawson added. But in Greenland, they are barely touched and are only 15 to 20 feet below the surface.
He spent almost an hour swimming under the ice to get vaccinated, changing his breathing apparatus as his breath condensed in their valves. After finishing the dive, he said. Newsweek, “The cold doesn’t scare me.”