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🐋 The cuteness here is over-whale-ming! 🐋

Each winter, thousands of humpback whales visit the warm waters of Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary to mate, give birth, and care for their newborns. Mothers and calves like this pair can often be seen swimming or resting at the surface. While adult humpback whales can hold their breath for 10 to 15 minutes, calves must rise to the surface every three to five minutes to breathe. 

(Photo: J. Moore/NOAA, under MMHSRP permit #20311)

[Image description: An aerial view of a mother humpback whale and her calf swimming through bright blue ocean water. The calf is close to the mother’s side.]