It was only then that the sleepy whale realized she was being watched.
"The whale was coming up to breathe, with a slight movement of the fluke and twisting her body using the pectoral fins [...] she brought her head up right close to us as if to get a look at it," writes Bown. "I froze exactly where I was, I had never been approached by a whale before, only observed them as they swam by, it was as if she was checking us out."
But apparently the sight of a few little humans lingering around her was not enough to disturb her from resting a little longer. After a few deep breaths at the surface, the whale resumed her up-and-down position and presumably went back to sleep.