Watchful Mom, Playful Baby
This baby whale is about 5 weeks old in this February
photo. She and Mom are in the nursery lagoon. The baby is just
full of life! She teases us by staying just out of
reach as guests hang over the boat and try to pet her. Then
she suddenly lunges forward with what looks like a big
grin, her eyes bright and locked on the people
in the boat as she flirts with us.
Mom keeps close tabs on baby. She is always near, always watching.
Human mothers do the same for their babies, right? They are happy
to see their babies act playful and friendly towards others,
but always watch to keep them safe.
amazing to see the close bond between mother and baby. We all are
moved at how a baby whale slides across mom’s back and
constantly touches mom. Sometimes when the baby is at the
side of the boat, mom is just under the water, watching with
a cautious eye. Like human babies and moms that hug, cuddle and
play together, their actions seem to show their love for each other.
it was time for them to move on,
mom suddenly porpoised out of the water, dove with her huge fluke next to
the boat, then breached only once just a little way out from the boats. Such
an incredible display of strength and protection for her calf!"