The grey whales are migrating just off the coast of California right now. The moms are heading north with their calves, and they come much closer to shore on their way north than when they’re heading south to give birth in the lagoons on the west coast of Baja.
The calf is resting on its mother’s back. This scene reminded me of taking a walk with a toddler: they’ll run circles around their parents, then insist on being carried!
I took this image this evening about an hour before sunset, from land. Yes, they were THAT close: inside the surf zone. Unfortunately, heavy overcast didn’t make for the best light, so the image is soft…but too sweet to not share.