Sometimes they were mating and we had to keep our distance, like in this video
And then other times they were all over the boat, one side, then another, then scratching their bodies on the hull - it was amazing how much time they spent with us! Here is a video of Bill petting the whale.
The whales come to you, you do not go to them - so this petting you see is their request from us. It was an experience I will remember forever, so if you have the opportunity - go!