One of my favorite photos ever. Taken by a photographer for the New Zealand Herald at the Spirits Bay pilot whale stranding a few years ago. This particular whale was named Tohe by local iwi. They said he was the first on the beach and would need to be the first for release to lead his pod to safety. This isn't standard practice at rescues but happened anyway as, after 36 hours without sleep, I misheard the release signal and let him go early. An incredible experience I'll never forget.