Analia Giorgetti sailed south with her board Argentina She describes it as “a magical moment” when she was photographed on a date. (Watch the video above)
Every year, groups of southern right whales visit the Valdis Peninsula for mating.
On one of these visits, they touched Giorgietti in the middle of the sea.
Maximiliano Jonas accidentally recorded the meeting – Photo: @ Maxijonas / BBC
“They drowned and they started to get closer and closer,” Georgette told the BBC.
“One of them touched me. I told my friend that the whale touched me. Then we saw the drone film everything.”
Species visit the Waltz Peninsula – Photo: @ Maxijonas / BBC
The device is owned by Maximiliano Jonas, a 43-year-old photographer living in the southern city of Puerto Madryn.
“The sea was like a mirror that day, the tide was high and there were many whales near the beach, about 50,” he told BBC Mundo.
So he took his drone and went to shoot the whales from above.
“I know whales are friendly, but I have never seen a connection like this before,” says the photographer. His pictures went viral on social media.
The photographer said he was moved by the scene – photo: Maxijonas / BBC
Maximiliano Jonas lives in Patagonia – Photo: @ Maxijonas / BBC
The swimmer says that the whale began to approach and with one of its flippers it gently tapped the board.
“As she got closer, I put the paddle on top of my board and waited to see how close she would be,” Giorgette explains.
“I think she’s playing like a dog looking to play with you. But in this case, it’s a very big animal,” Jonas wrote in his webs. “I saw the gesture, I saw it in slow motion. I couldn’t believe it.”
“When the whale touches it, it turns and sees the reaction of the person who touched it,” he explains.
“I was looking, I said: this is communication. My eyes were filled with tears. I was looking at the person below and thinking. In this person’s experience, how jealous,” he says.
“I posted pictures of that moment on my social networks.
“It was a wonderful birthday present,” says Giorgette.
“Music geek. Coffee lover. Devoted food scholar. Web buff. Passionate internet guru.”