Fortunately, it’s worth remembering, Nicholls and Curtis are not amateurs. They actually have years of experience when it comes to watching and studying whales in the wild. The pair consequently read the creatures’ signals and knew how to deal with the situation. What’s more, their encounter lasted for over an hour – during which time they filmed some truly amazing footage with their new GoPros.
“Their movements were so gentle and so slow, almost like they were like, ‘Oh, I don’t want to hurt my new friends,’” Curtis told ABC7NY. “In ten years, I have never seen this type of behavior for whales with a boat, let alone with us in the water.”