justin hofman photographs a whale watcher off the coast of baja california, mexico get a kiss from a forty foot gray whale. naturally curious, hofman notes that “there are lots of gray whales that are friendly and seek out contact.” 
"it’s a very powerful experience when a whale is looking into you," he says. "the number one comment i hear afterwards…is that the whale looked right at them. people walk away fundamentally changed after an experience like this."
gray whales migrate more than 5,000 miles from their summer feeding grounds in the bering and okhotsk seas of the arctic. they use the relatively warm waters off mexico to give birth, mate and nurse their newborns.