The mother and calf swam so close to me. When the mother passed me, I watched as her pectoral fin came up. I knew I was in its path but had to trust she knew I was there. She turned it, last second... it brushed my fin as if she gave me a high five as a parting gift. How magnificent it felt to watch them swim, with mirrored movements of their tails and pectoral fins. The calf was watching. Learning.
One of my favorite moments, swimming parallel to these two magnificent beings. Kicking hard and trying to keep up, but was only able to for a short moment. Thankfully, this pair wanted to enjoy our company even more, and would circle back to be with us again
How extraordinary to witness a mother lift her newborn to the surface to help her calf breathe. A moment that will remain in my heart forever.