Grey Whale Peeks Through The Water To Greet Whale Watchers

Published June 20, 2014 243,766 Plays

Rumble / Ocean LifeDuring a trip to San Ignacio Lagoon in Baja California, Mexico, these visitors which enjoying the gorgeous weather and calm waters when a mama gray whale decided to swim up to their Panga and have some fun. Check it out!

It is said that the whales in San Ignacio Lagoon are so close you could kiss them. There are dozens of videos online of tourists going on these whale watching tours, where mother whales and their calf come extremely close to the whale-watching boats, peeking out of the water and interacting with the humans on board. They allow the humans to touch and pet them, some even allow the people to kiss them!

The gray whale population in the Pacific is listed as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. These gentle and curious aquatic creatures are being called ‘devilfish’, because they defend themselves and their calves so fiercely, said the World Wildlife Fund. Intensive whaling has drastically reduced the population, yet those in the Baja California region have an unusual tendency to approach whale-watching boats and allow holidaymakers to touch and scratch them, the conservation organization said.

It is adorable to see this massive mammal swim close by the boat just to greet his audience. Watch as the friendly creature waves its fins to greet the people. How cute is that? Have you ever been in a similar situation where marine animals were unexpectedly friendly with you? Nonetheless, it must be very endearing to have greeted with a whale!

Gray whales have been granted protection from commercial hunting by the International Whaling Commission since 1949, and are no longer hunted on a large scale according to Wikipedia. These creatures are indeed majestic and they are kindhearted too!