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August 06, 2015 10:00 PM

Proud moms aren’t just found on land; this gray whale is showing off her baby all over the sea.

Drones recently captured footage of the 40-foot momma and her calf during a 5,000-mile migration to their summer feeding grounds. It’s common for whale watchers to take boats out into the water to stop and greet the migrating giants, but the tourists in this video received a warmer welcome than most.

In the clip, the mother whale approaches the boat with her curious calf and gently plays with the tiny humans on board. Shy at first, the baby eventually joins in, twirling back and forth so the boaters can pet every part of its face.

After a few nose rubs, it’s back on the road for the pair, while the tourists are left with a whale of a tale.

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