Humpback Whales in Vava'u, Kingdom of Tonga 2016 - Cassie JENSEN
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The Beautiful Face-off

The Beautiful Face-off

Our second day with the whales. "I am truly at a loss for words about our encounters yesterday. To see a whale in the ocean is an unforgettable experience, but to spend time with a mother and her baby on the surface is life changing. I floated in awe as I witnessed the beauty unfold around me. The calf was curious to meet us and spent a long time just looking at us... when its eyes met mine, I had to put my camera down. After several minutes, it would reposition itself and often display affection towards the mother and embrace her in what appeared to be a hug. This is what I could have only dreamed of doing, and I still can't believe I witnessed such beautiful moments between a mother and her newborn."

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