It’s quite usual for the travelers and crew of whale watching safaris to see an assortment of amazing animals, including dolphins, sea lions, and whales.
In fact, the captains go out of their way to take their travelers to the spots where they’re most likely to get a good look. But nobody had ever seen the miracle of a gray whale giving birth before, let alone captured it on video camera!
To experience this first-hand was an once in a lifetime event.
Initially, when eyewitnesses saw the reddish-orange cloud in the water surrounding the majestic gray whale, they thought that they were seeing the worst situation scenario. But instead, they were seeing the exact opposite. New life was going into the world right before their very eyes.
“A lot of us believed it might be a shark or predatory event. But no, rather than the end of life, it was the beginning of a new one,” said Captain Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari.
In the incredible video footage, you can see the mother whale and her baby swimming together, and touching each other. The boat crew and its travelers could not help but gasp in awe as they saw the brand-new mama assist her newborn baby in taking its first breaths. They could not believe the magic that they were seeing. It was breathtakingly beautiful, and the amazing interactions are surreal to see.
How many people can say they have seen such an incredible miracle?
After seeing the mother and calf swimming with each other, onlookers were able to find the baby popping its head out of the water.
“The mother is holding the calf up, supporting it so the calf bone can rest and in fact helping it have the ability to breathe,” claimed Alisa Schulman-Janiger of L.A.’s American Cetacean Society’s Gray Whale Census and Behavior Task.
The mama whale then swims under the boat, and raises it slightly out of the water. Seeing this event is so rare that this might actually be the only video of a gray whale calf being born that has ever been captured!
“It’s extraordinarily rare and really, actually unique for individuals to be able to share in those first couple of minutes of a young whale’s life. A whale could reach be 50, 60, 80 years old. And this is simply the start of that calf life,” said Alisa.