An “escort” Humpback whale is seen breaching in front of another Humpback whale mother and baby (calf). The Na Pali Riders raft was on a whale watching expedition and we decided to shut the engines off and float. It’s possible that due to where we were, the escort was exhibiting protective behavior as they may have felt that their group was trapped between the raft and the shoreline. The escort breached at least ten times, gradually passing our raft and ending up in the deeper water where they were more comfortable.
Whale Breed: Humpback Whale
Photographer: Na Pali Riders Raft Tours