The bright dancing lights of the aurora borealis are beautiful enough on their own. But add feeding humpback whales to the mix, and you've got something truly special. This fantastical scene, which could have jumped off the pages of Life of Pi, was captured by Norwegian cameraman Harald Albrigtsen.

Albrigsten, who shoots for Norwegian media company NRK, was testing out a new camera that would allow him to work in extremely low-light conditions. He'd seen the whales earlier in the evening, but never imagined they'd be waiting for him when darkness fell.

"After a few hours I was about to give up," he says. "But then they turned up again. I did not even know if everything was in focus ... It was like a dream." [Translation]


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