Hilarious Moment Sneaky Whale Pops Up Behind Sightseers As They Look The Wrong Way

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A group of whale watchers almost missed out on the moment of a lifetime after a sneaky whale rose up right behind their boat while they were looking the other way.

They were all facing the other way, waiting with their cameras ready for a whale sighting and nearly missed the unbelievable encounter right behind them.

Photos taken from another vessel show the stealthy whale poking its rostrum out from beneath the water as the group face forward, pointing their cameras at the open ocean ahead of them in anticipation (pictured)

Thankfully, one of the group turned around in time to spot the huge whale within a few feet away, before it disappeared back into the ocean.

You can see the celebrations of the boat after managing to capture the amazing encounter.

But before the creature could disappear into the sea again, the whale watchers spotted her at the last second, with a second photograph showing their jubilation at the close encounter (pictured)

These photos were taken from a boat just behind which show the incredible scene take place.

Smith, who was on the boat said the whale “slowly and silently stuck her head high above the water to look around. I was in another panga a few dozen feet away and caught the moment right before everyone realized she was so close.”

The images showing the near-miss were taken by Eric J Smith who was on the boat behind. Speaking on the encounter, the 49-year-old photographer from LA said:

Pictured: Two boats of whale watchers have a close encounter with the sperm whale off the coast of Baja, Mexico

“She slowly and silently stuck her head high above the water to look around. I was in another panga a few dozen feet away and caught the moment right before everyone realized she was so close.”

Smith, a 49-year-old from Los Angeles, said the whale 'slowly and silently stuck her head high above the water to look around. I was in another panga a few dozen feet away and caught the moment right before everyone realized she was so close.'

“When everyone turned around, she quickly sank below the surface. Cheering and hysterical laughter ensued.”

Pictured: A close-up of a humpback whale off the coast of Mexico. The species are found in oceans all over the world, and typically migrate up to 16,000 miles. They are known for breaching the surface, making them popular among whale watchers

“Whale photography involves a lot of luck, but the key is to always be on alert and ready. On a whale watching voyage, it is easy to get complacent because there is a lot of waiting. It seems like the moment you let your guard down a spectacular breach occurs.”

Like other large whales, humpbacks were once the target of the whaling industry which nearly hunted them until extinction. A worldwide moratorium in 1966 outlawed hunting, and their numbers have partially recovered since

What an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime encounter!

Pictured: One of the whale watchers pats a humpback whale from a sightseeing boat off the coast of Mexico

Source: kingdomstv.com

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