A group of whale watchers were out in Monterey Bay California when they experienced an incredible sight that most people never get to see in their entire lives. The whale watchers were waiting patiently when a fishing boat carrying some unsuspecting fishermen was driving by. All of a sudden, from the depths below, a giant humpback whale bursts from the sea just meters from the fishing vessel surprising everyone in the area. The massive creature shot into the air and came down with a loud crashing force. The footage was captured by photographer Douglas Croft and it is incredible. Take a look below.
“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.” stated Douglas Croft.
“The 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 water line. That’s what gives this amazing perspective of looking up at the whale.
“That the breach was directly behind the fishing boat makes really shows the size.Since the boat is closer, it should look bigger, but the whale is huge! If I’d been the fisherman, I’d probably need some new underwear.”
Kate Cummings is the whale watcher that captured the incredible video of the breach. Take a look at her video below.
I’ve been fortunate enough to see whales breach off the coast of Hawaii a few times but nothing ever this close. The size of these beautiful creatures is something that cannot be described accurately with words. It is a phenomenon that should be seen with your own two eyes. If you ever get the opportunity to go whale watching I highly suggest that you do so. You won’t regret it.