My name is Laurène Trudelle and the marine environment has fascinated me since I was a young girl. This passion has since guided me in my studies and professional choices. The project presented here is a wonderful extension to my chosen path! I travelled to Sainte Marie, Madagascar, for the first time in 2008, where I discovered humpback whales as an eager ecovolunteer. I returned in 2012, and then again for 2 more years in a row (to collect data) as part of my PhD work, and in 2017 to continue working on the collection of scientific data as scientific coordinator for Association Cetamada. Every trip brings magical animal encounters but also helps build strong human bonds.