Humpback whale mother and calf, Tonga

mamma humpback whale and young calf
You know that mother and calf humpback whale (Megaptera noveangliae) we had to abandon yesterday? We found them again today, and our encounters were amazing. After being in the water with them several times, the mother finally decided that she trusted us and allowed her calf to come literally within arm's length. Whales are big.

More photos follow...

mamma humpback whale and young calf

a curious humpback whale calf approaches

ok. i am officially close to the calf here.

bye bye, whales!