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When you look a Humpback Whale in the eye, it looks back at you. It becomes clear that this is a creature with consciousness. It is an otherworldly experience to share the ocean with these gentle colossal animals. Their sheer magnitude is lost on you until you see them for yourself. I was lucky enough to spend several months working with the Humpback Whales of Tonga. The Polynesian archipelago has one of the biggest whale populations in the world, offering visitors unrivalled opportunities for interaction with the animals. One of the first countries in the world to outlaw whaling, Tonga has been a flagship of whale and marine conservation. The increasing number of these mammals in Tonga augurs well for the rest of ocean, provided we take action and make changes.

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