Fransisco, our boat driver, has been going out with the whales for twenty three years and only once has a male come over to his boat. That didn’t stop him from trying today though and when we saw a lone male lazing at the surface this morning, Fransisco drove up slowly to him. Sure enough he came over to see us, and rolled over to rub his chin on the bottom of the hull, pushing us gently through the water. He came up to get patted and stroked on the face, his eye staring at us above the surface. After a couple of passes he breached twice right next to us, the second one missed the boat by only a couple of meters, soaking all of us. Then he swam off leaving Fransisco with a massive grin on his face.
The other strange behaviour we saw today was a group of maybe seven or eight people standing in a circle on their small fishing boat holding hands and chanting as they passed us. Fransisco said that he had seen this behaviour a few times before, sometimes they throw flowers or small stones into the water. Each to their own I guess…who am I to judge?