José Javier Delgado Esteban

Humpback Whales of the South Pacific
Location: Spain
Nationality: Spanish
Biography: I am a multi award-winning visual artist, photographer and new media developer. Throughout my early professional life in Spain I developed a strong interest in all aspects of photography, moving image, environmental, space sciences and natural... read on
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Humpback Whales of the South Pacific
Copyright josé javier delgado esteban 2021
Updated 01/27/16
Location Kingdom of Tonga
The Whale Nation Project started as a 100% self-funded venture where I was going be documenting as many cetacean strandings as possible. The aim was to produce enough of a body of work for an exhibition where a combination of still and moving images will be shown. Although the genesis of the work was based on a conceptual idea, the final output will have a strong educational-driven outlook.

The production leg of the project officially started on Boxing Day 2011 when a huge 55 feet long Bull Sperm Whale stranded on a North Norfolk beach.

On the Summer of 2014, we spent some time in the South Pacific Archipelago of Vava'u in The Kingdom of Tonga or Friendly Islands as James Cook called them after visiting them extensively in his second voyage of discovery of the South Pacific.

We were documenting the migration of the Humpback whales from the cold food-rich waters of the Antarctic Ocean to the warm shallow waters of Tonga.

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