8-year-old Elsa Stevenson, narrator of the award winning documentary Where The Whales Sing produced by her father Andrew Stevenson (founder of the Humpback Whale Research Project, Bermuda) has her first encounter for an hour and a half with a female, calf and escort humpack whale.
On his blog & daily diary Andrew says;
At times they seemed more interested in her than vice versa. I am sure they recognised that she was a human ‘calf’. The mother repeatedly swam towards us within ten feet and less to look while her calf hid underneath. Elsa also used her own underwater camera to film two ‘dancers’ that danced around us, apparently more interested in wooing us than each other. This was her favourite experience.
For a year and a half she has been a member of a swim club and swum three times a week, one and a half hours per session, to become proficient enough at swimming that I would take her with me. In the end, she was like a squid, darting about here and there and with my 55-pound camera I was incapable of keeping up with her.