If it's your life's dream to swim with a baby whale, you're probably not alone. Photographer Alexander Machulsky and his wife got to live out that dream in Tonga, a Polynesian archipelago in the Pacific Ocean, with a baby humpback whale. Try not to get too jealous as you watch the footage.
This baby humpback whale, named Kitenok, was resting with its mother when Machulsky and his wife decided to hop off their boat and swim closer.
The calf swam up to the travelers, and got so close that he actually swiped one with his flipper as he swam past.
Machulsky described the baby humpback whale as "a huge torpedo" and said that to be able to play with it was amazing.
Humpback whale calves can weigh up to 1 ton when they're born, and they only get bigger from there.
That's one big baby.
Tonga is like a nursery for humpback whales. During the Antarctic winter, from June to September, these majestic creatures migrate north from Antarctica to the waters around Australia and Polynesia. There, where the water is warmer, they have their calves. The calves will spend some time in the warm waters getting big and strong before the whales all migrate south again in October.
Machulsky traveled to Tonga in August specifically to capture footage of these amazing animals with their calves. Only recently did he release the photos and videos that he recorded. You can find more of his photography here.
Thanks to conservation efforts, most humpback whale populations have been taken off the endangered species list.
The population that lives in the Antarctic/Australia region is strong. If Machulsky's footage is any indicator, it seems like the whales are working hard at producing the next generation.
Watch the full video of the playful baby humpback whale below.