Where are the Traffic Lights?
Whale watching south of Sri Lanka necessitates crossing the main northern Indian Ocean shipping lane, and can mean some quick sprints or a slight delay, much like crossing a busy highway or rail line. Coming back in from our tour, we were treated to the sight of a 30-foot whale boat playing chicken with a 75,000-ton Chinese container ship doing 19 knots as it steamed for Abu Dhabi. Shot with a Canon EOS 600D and EF-S 18-200mm lens at 120mm, 1/2000, f/10, and ISO 400.
Needless to say, the whale boat skipper blinked first. The Hanjin Tianjin‘s crew would be in no mood to worry about small boats such as ours; this container ship was attacked by Somali pirates east of Yemen in 2011.