A baby is dependent upon its mother for basic survival—food, shelter and in the case of humpback whales—breathing! Mom humpback whales bring their baby calves to the surface, right after birth, so they can take their first breath of air. A humpback mother is the definition of ‘attachment parenting,’ she never leaves her baby calf. She teaches her calf how to breach, slap its pectoral fins on the water, hunt for prey and navigate the vast ocean. It is the calf, after a year or so, who decides when it’s time to leave the mother’s side.