As is the case with other mammals, the bond between mother and child is strong among humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae). Here, a young male calf balances curiosity with caution, peering out from the protective embrace of his mother, just moments before he swam out to play.
This young calf was a particularly playful and strong-willed one. He proactively engaged boats and people, so much so that he earned a nickname during the 2013 calving season.
We encountered this calf and his patient mother so many times that I asked my friends accompanying me at the time to put their heads together to come up with a name for him, so I didn't need to keep referring to him with the sterile moniker of calf 201309.
Beverley, Charles, Susanna, Evelyn and Marty put their heads together to cogitate. And they came up with the name, get ready for it...Jack.
Ok, so not the most exciting name, but it stuck. Jack and his mom were definitely the stars of the season.
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