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Incredible Encounter With Mom and Baby Whale (Video)

Incredible Encounter With Mom and Baby Whale (Video)

Non profit One World One Ocean Foundation has uploaded to YouTube a stunning video of a mother gray whale lifting up her calf, seemingly to help it get a better view of excited onlookers.

The group says that gray whales in San Ignacio Lagoon, off Mexico’s Baja peninsula, 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 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 there 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.

One World One Ocean uses “the power of film, television, new media and education initiatives … to change the way people see and value the ocean — and motivate action to restore it.”

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6:52AM PST on Nov 27, 2013

Gracias. Saludos.

8:48AM PDT on Apr 12, 2012

Beautiful.But that dirty blonde woman is sooooooooooo......................"annoying!!!!!!!!!!!".

7:11AM PDT on Apr 12, 2012

thanks for sharing :)

1:19PM PDT on Apr 6, 2012

wow

2:01AM PDT on Mar 29, 2012

Thanks

2:00AM PDT on Mar 29, 2012

Thanks

8:00AM PDT on Mar 27, 2012

Amazing. Brought me to tears. What an experience to have. But I also agree with Stacey. Not everyone has good intentions and would rather cause harm to these beautiful creatures.

5:18AM PDT on Mar 27, 2012

What a wonderful moment. They trust humans, although we don't deserve their trust most times. Thank fully this was a friendly encounter, and i wish them long life and freedom.

1:45AM PDT on Mar 27, 2012

heel prachtige video van de walvis met jong ,dit zie je enkel op care2 proficiat

10:00AM PDT on Mar 26, 2012

Beautiful. But why, oh WHY, does humans always have to scream like maniacs?!

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