I just returned from a few weeks spent down in the South Pacific. During my time there, I visited remote island group of Vava'u, Tonga where I swam my favorite ocean animal, the humpback whale. It is an incredible experience to slide into the water with one of earth's largest creatures. On our first day, we encountered this mother and calf pair who were relaxing in some shallow water. The calf never strayed too far from mom as it was only around 4 weeks old, but would occasionally get curious and swim right up to us before heading back to the safety of mom. A few times the mother pushed the calf our way in what seemed to be an effort to get it to play or interact with us. Even though the whales appear to be a good distance away in this photo, it was shot with a wide-angle lens, so they are really only 10 feet away. I kept getting disoriented looking behind my lens at what appeared to be far off whales only to have them blocking my entire view when I looked up! A special thanks to the team at @backscattervideophoto for helping me get set up!