Newell even thinks the whales she has studied so closely over the decades "have a sense of humor."
"Many, many times they pop up a few feet from my boat and I scream...and I am sure they get a chuckle out of it," she explained, adding that she also believes "they like teasing" Kida.
Photographer Charles S. Hall, Jr., who has collaborated with Newell, told me he has seen such behavior too.
"I have been on several whale watching excursions with Carrie and know that Kida always accompanies her," Hall said. "On one occasion a gray whale rose up in front of us while we were cruising along, causing us to come to an abrupt stop, Kida got so excited she was hanging half way out the boat! I reached out and grabbed her tail just as she was about to jump."
Kida is doing fine and has been on many excursions, always looking forward to the next adventure and to seeing the Oregon whales.