Once the whale was free, he wasn't in a huge hurry to leave, surprisingly. Court recalls that the whale "stopped and looked at us and did this thing called 'spy hopping.' We were having a chat about how the day went and it was just sticking its head out of the water and bobbing up and down and looking at what was going on. It was interesting behavior that was for sure... just to stay with the boats for 15 or 20 minutes once we had taken all the gear off." Perhaps the curious whale wanted to take a moment to observe his rescuers!
However, the whale soon headed back out to sea, with the rescue team confident in his health. According to Court, "All its signs were good."
This was not the first instance of a whale showing their amazing appreciation to rescuers, as is shown in this video by the Great Whale Conservancy.