After lunch we moved into much calmer water, and had the most unforgettable experience with a mother whale and calf.
At one point we were staring down at the whales, and the mother whale decided to come to the surface. The magnitude of the whale as she seemed to stand up straight was staggering.
Our third snorkel, the calf was in a super playful mood. We got maybe 8-10 feet away from it at face level. He did flips and turns and waved his fins. He was very curious about us, and wanted to investigate. When he started to get too close, our guide got in front and started turning in circles and waving his hands, amazingly, the calf mimicked.
Ah, such an amazing experience! I really don't know how to put it into words. Here's some pictures of us:
Us with Ryan and Abby .
Off we go.
Us and the top of the whale to the left of us.
Us, and you can see a little bit of the whale right in front of us.
We all came up laughing, the other group said they could hear our laughs and screams even when we were under the water.
Clearly, I'm amazed.