Always watchful and aware the mother takes care that nothing happens to her calf. Even when she rests and seemingly has her eyes closed she seems to know exactly where the calf was and where we were.
I never planned to make 2 videos of our Tonga trip but after spending so much time with the Humpback whales in the water and having so many beautiful moments it felt like the right thing to do.
We always kept respectful distance to the calf and her mother but there were moments where the calf was very playful and got really close to us. One could see there was an intelligent being watching you, and at moments like that you feel like a tiny, unimportant drop in the ocean and can only marvel at these magnificent creatures. This was an experience which always stays with me.