Boat passengers were thrilled after a playful grey whale gently pushed them along with its nose.
Jose G. Ruiz Cheires, who lives in Baja California Sur, Mexico, captured the amazing footage while visiting the Whale Sanctuary of El Vizcaino. ‘The whale went underneath the boat and came out on the other side to interact with the tourists,’ said the 37-year-old.
‘I was so excited and I couldn’t believe what was happening. ‘It is amazing to see such a large mammal which has the capacity to cause us a lot of harm on the boat, but he chose not to. ‘In the whale’s world, we are welcome, we should do the same.’
Passengers can be seen looking over the side to capture sight of it, before the mammal – actually larger than the boat – starts carefully pushing them along. The passengers look over the side to capture sight of the huge mammal
Then, to their amazement, the grey whale starts pushing them along with its nose
Grey whales are omnivores and can grow up to 50ft in length and weigh up to 40 tons, according to the National Geographic. They are often covered with parasites and organisms which make their snouts and backs look like a rock in the ocean. The travel in groups called pods and are considered some of the planet’s great migrators, with some swimming a 12,430-mile round trip from their summer home in Alaskan waters to the warmer waters off the Mexican coast.
The whales winter and breed in the shallow southern waters and balmier climate. Others live in the seas near Korea.
Often surfacing to breathe, it means the mammals are sometimes spotted from North America’s west coast. They were considered in serious danger of extinction in the early 20th century after being targeted by hungers, but are today protected by law and were removed from the US’ endangered species list in 1994.
Reproduced from an article in the Metro