Humpback Whale Breaches By Boat And Drenches Whale Watchers In Incredible Footage

Whale watching is a bit like waiting for a bus. You know, you spend ages at the bus stop and just when you think you're going to have to walk home, three come along at once. You wait ages for the money shot and then one comes along that's better than you ever expected, just like this:

This footage was taken on 9 June 2018 in Port Macquarie, New South Wales in Australia on a whale watching tour - and really shows how the whale couldn't have been any closer to the boat. It was so close, in fact, that most people there got soaked when the whale breached the water and then crashed down back into it again.

"My family and I went on a whale watching adventure whilst on a holiday at port Macquarie," said the woman who took the video.

"We saw a whale breach in the distance and I just knew I wanted one video however did not anticipate getting the magical shot I got."

Credit: ViralHog
Credit: ViralHog

She almost didn't, either. Her phone/camera was focused on a different part of the water - because it's surprisingly difficult to tell where the hugest mammal on earth actually is when it's submerged, despite how big it is - but thankfully she was able to pan over and capture its magnificent jump.

What's more, because she was slightly further back meant that her electronics were probably spared when the water came pouring onto the boat after the jump.

There have been a large number of stunning whale sightings captured on video in recent months. There was the giant whale that breached literally inches away from a solo kayaker in California, which actually must have been as terrifying as it was exhilarating, and the drone footage of whales and dolphins playing with a pod of dolphins in Australia.

Credit: ViralHog
Credit: ViralHog

There was also the humpback whale who somehow lost its way and ended up in a harbor in California. Thankfully, it managed to find its way out and back into the ocean again.

Who knows why there have been so many sightings recently, but they all serve to remind us that nature is an amazing thing and we should be doing our best to protect and preserve it.

Featured Image Credit: ViralHog

Mischa Pearlman

Mischa is a freelance journalist usually based in either New York or London. He has written for Kerrang!, Record Collector, NME, the New York Observer and FLOOD magazine, among others. Contact him at [email protected]

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