Mama whale cuddling her calf in some 'Amazing' up close footage with a pod of majestic whales.

Here's a great video by Howard Hall, a natural history filmmaker specializing in marine wildlife and marine environmental films, who also made Ocean Requiem, a reader-favorite on this site. Hall really got up close and personal with a pod of playful whales, some of them apparently curious about the strange creature swimming around them.

"This video was captured in Tonga with the help of Whale Watch Vava'u and Endangered Encounters, two excellent whale watch operations in Vava'u Tonga. The images were captured with a RED Epic and a Tokina 10-17mm lens in 5K resolution."

Together with his wife Michelle, Howard Hall has produced numerous films for television including several episodes of the PBS series Nature, a National Geographic Special, and the five-part PBS series Secrets of the Ocean Realm.

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Today the Halls are best known for their IMAX films. Howard has directed four IMAX films including Into the Deep, Island of the Sharks, and Deep Sea 3D (the later two films were produced by Michele).

Howard has been director of underwater photography on several other IMAX features including the MacGillivray Freeman IMAX feature, Coral Reef Adventure. Howard and Michele also appear as stars in the film.

Leviathan from Howard Hall on Vimeo.

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