By Vanessa Mignon
Every year, between July and October, Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) migrate to Tonga, in the South Pacific, to mate, give birth and nurse their young in the warm waters. During that time it’s possible to swim with these gentle giants under specific regulations.
I have been very fortunate to guide tours with the whales for years, and still to this day I am continuously amazed by the charisma and level of consciousness of those animals. When we get in the water with them, they clearly look back at us and acknowledge our presence, before deciding to swim away or stay.