This morning was an extremely special morning for me. Back in 2001 I went on my first whale watch and met my first whale ever. She was a Humpback Whale named NA-8090 “Pinball”. I’ve been fortunate enough to see her many times since that first sighting, but I’d never been lucky enough to see her do anything surface active. Which in reality is fine. Just knowing she’s safe and doing well is enough. Well… yesterday changed all of that! We were watching her along with her calf when all of a sudden her calf launched himself clear out of the water. It was so unexpected that I missed that first breach, but thankfully it got my attention in the right spot because Pinball herself breached just moments later. I’ve seen many whales breach in my 19 years of whale watching, but some – like this one, are extra special.