A huge Humpback whale was captured on camera jumping out of the sea and narrowly missing a fishing boat.
From time to time, nature shows itself in full splendor to remind us how small we really are. Recently, a picture was captured in the Californian waters, Monterey Bay, which left viewers with goosebumps.
The footage shows a giant humpback whale shooting out of the water to the sky, and the scene is incredibly amazing.
Luckily, someone was close enough to capture the video of this breath-taking moment, which seemed like a planned action scene in a movie.
Monterey Bay is home to many marine species, and it’s in the migratory path of Humpback and Grey whales, making it a popular whale-watching spot.
As 60-year-old, Douglas Croft, and fellow whale watcher Kate Cumming were sailing in the Pacific waters, they were ready in time to take the one in a lifetime scene.
On the image, Croft can be seen standing in his boat, which looks tiny next to the gigantic mammals. He stands in shock as he witnesses the rare and awe-inspiring display of this giant whale towering over.
In an interview, Croft said the whale had breached the waters several times before he took his camera out.
“It was quite exciting! Salmon season coincides with the time when humpbacks are returning to Monterey Bay to feed for the summer, and there were hundreds of boats on the bay fishing.”
“This whale had breached a couple of times before this, and many times they’ll just keep doing it. I went below deck to shoot from a porthole close to the waterline. That’s what gives this amazing perspective of looking up at the whale.”
Ms. Cummings, who was also in the spot to witness the incredible sight, had a similar experience. Luckily, the whale jumped out of the water one last time so onlookers could get the shot.
“It was fun capturing this video. The whale had already breached multiple times much further away from the fisherman. But sometimes when whales breach multiple times, they’re also heading a specific direction when they’re underwater building momentum for the next breach.”
“I figured the next breach would be around the fisherman because the whale was heading that way and sure enough! Though I didn’t expect the whale and the boat to line up so perfectly.”
Fully grown Humpbacks ranges from 12-16 meters in length and are very much popular among whale watchers due to their incredible behaviors.