On a whale-watching tour in California, tourists were treated to a rare and awe-inspiring sight when they witnessed a gray whale giving birth in the waters off Dana Point.
The group, sailing with Captain Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Safari, initially thought they were observing a typical migrating gray whale. However, as they approached the animal, they noticed something unusual about its behavior. Suddenly, a whale calf emerged from the water and began swimming around its mother, just a few meters away from the boat.
The whale-watching tour captured the moment on video and shared it on their YouTube channel, where it has received over 700,000 views. In the video, the mother whale can be seen pushing her newborn to the surface and bringing it over to the boat as if to show it off.
Gray whales typically give birth in the warm, protected lagoons of Baja, California, Mexico. However, this calf was born before its mother could reach those waters during her annual migration.
Gray whales migrate annually along the west coast of the United States, swimming 10,000 to 12,000 miles round-trip between the seas of Alaska and Baja, California. The tourists on the whale-watching tour were lucky enough to witness this miraculous event and capture it on camera for all to see.
Here is the viral video of a whale giving birth in front of a tourist group: