Whale Calf and Mother Swim Together Off Coast of California

A gray whale and her calf were spotted swimming along the California coast on January 17.

This footage, by wildlife photographer Mark Girardeau, shows stunning footage of the pair of mammals off Laguna Beach.

“Gray whales have the longest migration of any mammal on the planet and they typically go south to Mexico to give birth. But sometimes they give birth en route, which is the case here,” Girardeau told Storyful.

He said the calf in the footage is “riding the mother’s slipstream for easier swimming.” Credit: Mark Girardeau/Newport Coastal Adventure via Storyful