|Look behind you...a gray whale wants to say hello.|
|At Laguna San Ignacio, a group of Kearneys prepare to meet the whales.|
(Pictured--from left: my uncles, Pat Kearney and Kevin Kearney,
my cousin Terry Kearney, my aunt Barbara Kearney and my mom,
|A Pacific gray whale calf.|
|A gray whale calf with my Uncle Kevin.|
|A gray calf with my dad, Rick Kearney.|
|My mom makes contact with a baby gray whale.|
|Charles Melville Scammon.|
|Rendering of a gray whale.|
|A Pacific gray whale mother approaches the boat.|
|Pachico Mayoral--friend, guardian, and advocate of the gray whale.|
He was the first human to touch a whale in its natural habitat.
He passed away on Oct. 22, 2013, but his sons continue
to give tours in Laguna San Ignacio.
|A baby gray beside its mother.|
|Gray whales have the longest migration of|
any animal on earth.
|The baleen is visible in the upper jaw.|
|Calf and mom. A mother gray will sometimes support her youngster|
from underneath, showing off her baby to the appreciative
and awe-struck humans.
|A gray whale mother.|
|It was a challenge to balance taking video and photos while|
at the same time enjoying their company.
|Interacting with a wild whale is a life-changing and sacred endeavor.|
|The eye of a gray whale.|