Huge Humpback Whale Breaches Right in Front of Tiny Fishing Boat – and It’s Caught on Video!
It was just another “sleepy” day on the picturesque waters of Monterey Bay, California water when unsuspecting fishermen who were fishing during peak salmon season got the surprise of a lifetime. Suddenly, a massive humpback whale burst out of the sea and flipped over (a.k.a. breached) directly in front of their tiny fishing boat!
As you can imagine the jaw-dropping sight must have really caught the fishermen off guard. Photographer Douglas Croft and whale watcher Kate Cummings, who were also out to sea among the hundreds of fishermen were also completely mesmerized. Croft and Cummings timed it perfectly as they knew it was indeed that time of year when humpback whales return to Monterey Bay for food.
The intrigued duo spotted a whale breaching in the distance and rushed below deck for a better view of the water line. Cummings had a good idea of where the giant “fella” would end up next.
“Sometimes when whales breach multiple times, they’re also heading a specific direction when they’re underwater building momentum for the next breach,” she told Caters News. “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.”
Croft on the other hand, kept his reaction short and sweet and hilarious. “Since the boat is closer, it should look bigger, but the whale is huge,” he said. “If I’d been the fisherman, I’d probably need some new underwear!” (Hopefully, they had some stored on the boat!!!)