Wildlife photographer [Justin Hofman](http://www.justin-hofman.com/) captured the following magical (and terrifying) photos of a 50-ton baleen whale and her calves who decided to lurk under a small tourist vessel.
And a beautiful quote from the photographer what it was like… > Being in the water with a whale is the most humbling experience I’ve ever had underwater. > Not only are these animals massive, but they are long-lived, intelligent, cultural beings. > Swimming along with a curious right whale calf was nerve-racking. At any moment I thought ‘mom’ was eventually going to get annoyed with me and swat me with her 15ft tail – and I’d be a goner. > Yet, with every passing minute we felt more comfortable around each other and they became curious about us and would make closer passes.