"I paddle with whales almost every day," Rich German, the man on the bright orange paddleboard in the video, told The Dodo. What made this day different was that German's friend Mark Girardeau was in a nearby boat with his drone to capture the encounter from high above as German filmed from his board.
"They were moving super slow," he said. "I love that they feel safe. They would bring the baby right over to us. Obviously, they realize that we're no threat to them, and that's just a pretty amazing, magical experience."