05/24/2013 12:03 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Baby Whale to Kids: "Play with Me!"

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Each year the gray whales migrate from their feeding grounds in the north to their nursery lagoons on the Pacific side of the Baja California where they rear their young -- a time when most species exhibit a high degree of protectiveness. In the 30+ years we've been leading Baja California expeditions, we've found the opposite: mother whales show a great deal of curiosity around us, and a willingness to let their playful calves approach us. While these encounters don't happen all the time, they do happen a lot in Magdalena Bay during the right time of year.

This close encounter was filmed one day in Magdalena Bay last March by 13-year-old Eric Lindblad.