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Asia and OceaniaSwim with whales in Tonga

HCWT 01.27.2012 17:10 0 0

 

Swimming with the Humpback Whales of Tonga

DAY TWO – Our first sighting was a humpback whale calf frolicking in the water. The Makaira slowly approached to the safe 100 meter distance, but the mother surfaced and swam away. We then spotted another Humpback whale and her calf floating on the surface of the water. Geared up in snorkel and fins, I sat on the dive platform and waited for myAs a new born calf, Solomon reveled in his new found swimming ability. His antics provided endless amusement for our group of whale watchers. turn to enter the water. It was hard to contain my excitement as I slid into Vava’u’s warm tropical waters.

As a new born calf, Solomon reveled in his new found swimming ability. His antics provided endless amusement for our group of whale watchers.
    I searched the deep-blue waters for the mother whale. Suddenly, she appeared floating motionlessly just 20 feet in front of me. She was enormous – at least 50 feet long and as broad as a barn. A wave of uneasiness raced through me. Common sense told me to hold my distance, but I felt compelled to swim closer to her. Cautiously, I swam closer and I sensed that she was studying me.
    My eyes were drawn to her eye
, small yet penetrating, and instantly, any fear I had vanished. I felt engulfed in an overwhelming calmness. I knew I was safe and secure within the mother Humpback’s all-embracing, nurturing presence. I floated about 8 feet from her and we gazed into each other’s eyes. “The whale not only looks at you, she sees you,” remarked Darren. The mother Humpback not only saw into my soul, she touched my soul. I was completely consumed in the moment. Time stood still.

Read more of this amazing adventure at Humpback Whales of Tonga.

 
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