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Baby Humpback Whale Gets Close To Mom In Spectacular Drone Footage

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A pod of humpback whales swimming off the coast of Tonga, a cluster of Polynesian islands, was spotted by a drone camera operated by underwater cameraman Darren Rice.

The footage is one-of-a-kind.

And it only gets better when a mother whale and her calf are spotted.

Humpbacks are relatively social animals, and a calf will spend about one year with his or her mother before becoming independent.

Mothers have been known to aggressively protect their babies from predators or other male whales who try to mate.

At one point, the calf tries to hitch a ride from mom - but promptly rolls right off.

See the playful calf and the rest of the humpback footage in the video below: