Incredible whale encounter! Watch a mother lift her calf out of water

rumblestaffPublished: October 19, 20161,345,695 views
Published: October 19, 2016

A mother gray whale lifted up her calf, seemingly to help it get a better view of the excited onlookers, and we caught it all on camera.

The gray whales in San Ignacio Lagoon frequently approach small tourist boats, seeking the human interaction. While they could easily avoid the people, whose small boats are not allowed to closely approach whales, they actually seem to enjoy making contact.

Laguna San Ignacio is on the Pacific coast of Mexico's Baja peninsula and is the destination for hundreds of gray whales, who migrate annually to the region from their feeding grounds in the Arctic. Here, where the water is shallow and warm, they give birth to their young. It lies within El Vizcaino Biosphere Reserve and is the gray whale's last undisturbed nursing and breeding ground, largely thanks to an environmental victory in 2000 that stopped the development of an industrial salt plant.

Whale watching here is highly regulated, with limits on how many boats can be on the water, how long they can stay, and how close they can get; rather than closely approaching the whales, they must idle their engine and wait for the whales to approach the vessel, which is a common occurrence.

Credit: One World One Ocean

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      dirtgrey · 15 weeks ago

      This is something very wonderful. These animals are beautiful, majestic and in this case very friendly. It is so sad these mammals are hunted not for any real need, but to satisfy a cultural harvest that should have been discontinued many years ago. Both the calf and the mother do not have a bright future. So, so sad.

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        WheresNaldo · 14 weeks ago

        @dirtgrey Why are you lamenting this? This is a biosphere reserve which offers undisturbed nursing and breeding ground. This is an environmental victory and a precious moment between a majestic animal and humans. Why can't one just look on the bright side and appreciate the wonder of this encounter? As a species, grey whales are no longer endangered though a specific species in the Pacific Northwest is. Things continue to go in the right direction for grey whales.

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      thewizardofaz · 12 weeks ago

      and mom says, "tastes like chicken"