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A Humpback whale calf swims above its mom as two male escorts follow along in the waters off the Cook Islands. Humpback moms invest a lot into their offspring, with a gestation that lasts nearly a year, then spending the first year of the calf’s life teaching it all the skills it will need to survive in the sea. These bonds are strong and are an important element of whale culture. This population of Humpbacks feed in Antarctic waters during the summer then migrate to the South Pacific in winter to have their calves.

Coverage from ’Secrets of the Whales’ - My new book, @natgeo magazine story in the May issue and the 4-part series on disneyplus












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